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Sticks and Stones Farm

A Walk With the Ancestors - with Evan Pritchard and Grandmother Nancy

Acknowledging the Algonquin people of this land through stories, songs and teachings

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A Walk With the Ancestors - with Evan Pritchard and Grandmother Nancy
A Walk With the Ancestors - with Evan Pritchard and Grandmother Nancy

Time & Location

May 13, 2023, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sticks and Stones Farm, 197 Huntingtown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470, USA

About the event

Join us for a very special free event with Grandmother Nancy and special guest Evan Pritchard. Evan and Grandmother Nancy will share Native American stories, ceremonies and teachings as wel,l as the rich history of local indigenous tribes. Learn about who walked these lands long before the colonist's arrival how they lived, and where they are now (still here!). 

This is a family-friendly event and children are encouraged to attend. We are honored to share this opportuity to learn about native culture from true experts! 

Cost is free (donations appreciated at the event) but please RSVP as space is limited.

ABOUT EVAN PRITCHARD

Evan Pritchard of Mi’kmaq descent, has been doing field interviews with Native American elders since 1990, and has been the director of Center for Algonquin culture for the last 26 years. A lecturer on native studies at Vassar, Pace, Marist, Columbia, SUNY, John Jay, University of Ontario, UMass, and Ramapough State, he has also presented at Gracie Mansion, AMNH, Smithsonian, and often presents classes online.

He has written over fifty books on native culture, history, language and spirituality, including Native New Yorkers; Henry Hudson and the Algonquins(Chicago Review Press); Bird Medicine (Inner Traditions/Simon and Schuster); Native American Stories of the Sacred (Turner Books) No Word For Time (Millichap), Red Head Band (Resonance Books) a collection of multi-lingual (English and various Algonquian languages) poetry, and Greetings from Mawenawasic (Foothills Publishing).Poems from Greetingswere the basis of a portion of a Native American stage play called Cedars, which premiered at Lamama in New York, an iconic off-Broadway venue, and some appeared in Chris Felver’s film and tabletop anthology book Tending The Fire (University of New Mexico Press, foreword by Simon Ortiz).

He has appeared on dozens of radio stations including WBAI, and WNYC, and appeared as a featured guest on CNN, ABC, Discovery Channel, History Channel, and on Roger Hernandez’ 90 minute special “Touring Native New York” on Manhattan Cable. He can be reached at evan.pritchard7@gmail.com or www.algonquinculture.org.

ABOUT GRANDMOTHER NANCY

Grandmother Nancy is of Algonquin and French heritage and has followed the Red Road since childhood. Seeking out elders willing to teach, her first two mentors were a Lakota author and a Lakota medicine man. Later, an Ojibwa medicine woman, then a Mi’kmaq grandmother, adopted her. Community elders gave Grandmother Nancy permission to pour lodges since 1991. She served as a facilitator for a Native Women’s Circle in federal prison for 17 years.

A Sundancer and a Sacred Pipe carrier, Grandmother Nancy is acknowledged as an elder and a grandmother in her communities in Canada where she was given instruction to bring out and share certain teachings. She is a well-known storyteller, sharing legends from many different Nations in schools, health facilities and in the pow wow circuit. Grandmother Nancy was a staff member of the Joined Nations of Connecticut, a youth organization for those of Native heritage. 

She has given talks in Calgary, Canada, St. Croix USV, and at various centers in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  Grandmother Nancy has also owned and operated an equestrian business until retirement, and now incorporates Horse Medicine in some of her lectures about Native culture.

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