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Wednesday, February 12 2014

Discovery, Destruction, & Preservation in a MA Town

Adapted from a Nolumbeka Project press release:

On Saturday, February 15th, the Nolumbeka Project will present the documentary "Great Falls: Discovery, Destruction, and Preservation in a Massachusetts Town" at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls.

The film chronicles a time in 2009 when the town of Turners Falls, was attempting to expand the runway to its airport. The plan called for the removal of a low hill that contained what Native American tribal representatives identified as a ritual site - a ceremonial stone landscape. The surprising discovery, and the on-going effort to understand and protect what was identified as an extraordinary historical asset, is a dramatic story of environmental and cultural preservation.

The film, directed by Ted Timreck and produced by Ted Timreck and Peter Frechette, is part of the Hidden Landscapes Project which represents the joined efforts of hundreds of professional, Native, and antiquarian researchers who have generously volunteered to combine their expertise into a chronicle of exploration - a series of video stories that investigate the archeological history and the modern legacy of Eastern Native civilization. The combined vision of so many researchers working together also represents a new approach to the long standing, and often very heated, controversy that surrounds the mysterious stone ruins of Eastern North America.

On this day, the Nolumbeka Project will be celebrating its first year as the holder of the deed to, and stewards of, the historic 10,000 year old Wissatinnewag village site in Greenfield, located on the west bank of the Connecticut River at the foot of the Great Falls. Members of the Project are humbled and grateful for the challenges and rewards this stewardship has manifested and welcome others to take this opportunity to join the organization.

Doors open at 11 a.m.  The movie will begin at 11:45 a.m. and be followed by a discussion.  Refreshments will be sold during the event.  Admission is free but donations to the Nolumbeka Project are welcome.  In case of bad weather, the showing has a snow date of May 18, 2014.  To find out about a potential cancellation, please call (413) 657-6020.   More information can also be found at