Neutaconkanut Hill Festival hosts guided hikes and Native storytelling and song

The 11th Annual  Neutaconkanut Hill Conservancy Fall Festival on Neutaconkanut Hill was held on October 12, 2019, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at the Hilltop Meadow on Legion Memorial Drive. Members of the Providence Police Department Mounted Unit rode two Clydesdales onto the Meadow where people are gathered to hear music by Michael Wendoloski and roast marshmallows over an open fire.Participants had the chance to look over a display about the Sowams Heritage Area showing the location of over fifty places with connections to the 17th century history of the Area. (Click here for a three-minute video of the event.) Heritage Area Coordinator Dave Weed and Sean Crowley led a mile-long walk through through the forest trails and pointed out some of the many highlights along the trail while talking about the Native history of the area. (Click here for an 18-minute video of the walk.) Shinnecock Nation member Red Medicine, Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe Sachem Ray Two Hawks, and Ramapough Lenape Nation member Cathy Spirit Dancer sang some traditional Native songs before Spirit Dancer told two traditional stories to the gathered audience (Click here for a twenty-minute video of their presentation.)

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