National Native American Heritage Month Pow Wow Held In Hamilton

HAMILTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The annual National Native American Heritage Month Pow Wow was held in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA) put on the event at the Pingree School Athletic Center.

According to MCNAA, the event gave the public the chance to “immerse” themselves in Native American culture.

The pow-wow brought together Native Americans whose ancestry traces back to a number of tribes.

Claudia Fox Tree held an interactive conversation that focused on “developing a counter narrative to inaccurate history and misinformation.”

“I want people to know we’re still alive. And the other is that we’ve evolved and we’re your neighbors,” she said. “If we lived in another part of the country, that wouldn’t be a question because you would see indigenous people everywhere and culture everywhere. But because it’s been erased so much here, it takes an extra effort to notice that it’s still alive.”

In Massachusetts, there are fewer than 9,000 Native Americans, which is about a tenth of the states's population.

WBZ NewsRadio's Mike Macklin reports

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