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Tuesday, October 28 2014

Beaver Moon Gathering in Turners Falls

Adapted from a Nolumbeka Project press release:

Join the Nolumbeka Project at the Great Falls Discovery Center on Saturday, November 8th, from 11AM to 2PM, to hear Anthropologist David Cornelius talk about events of the King Philip’s War in the 1670’s which led to the infamous massacre at Great Falls (Peskeompskut).  This gathering is named in honor of the full moon on November 8th and is free.

At the event, Mr. Cornelius will relate stories of the Indians involved in the fight and the causes that resulted in the war.  His presentation will include the absence of Iroquois warriors and the safety felt by the Nipmuck in this out of the way place, the fictitious rumor of Philip's involvement, and the fact that there was more fear of Mohawk attack than of agression by settlers.  The story of King Hendrick, supreme Chief of the Mohawks, who was born in Agawam, MA of a Mohican father and Mohawk mother, will also be featured.

Mr. Cornelius has a BA in Colonial and Native American Studies and is about to earn his MA in Anthropology.   He has connections to the Mohican Nation and the Mohawk Nation on his father’s side and his mother was descended from the Puritans.  His ancestors died on both sides of the King Philip’s War.

In addition to the talk by Mr. Cornelius, Nolumbeka Project Board Member David Brule will talk briefly about the recently awarded National Park Service (NPS) Battlefield Grant which will support gathering a comprehensive overview of the massacre.  There will also be an opening ceremony with Strong Oak, a display of Native American traditional gardening, a raffle drawing, and light refreshments for sale.

The Great Falls Discovery Center is located at 2 Avenue A in Turners Falls.  For more information, go to

About the Beaver Moon
Traditionally, the Beaver Moon marked the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frost Moon.