Tipi Raising and Community Gathering


All are welcome

Sunday, July 14, 2019 (12 pm to 5 pm)

Dugger Park, Mystic River Road, West Medford, MA

Come join in a fun, creative and informative community event honoring  and celebrating Native people and the tipi.  We will be raising a beautiful 18′ Lakota tipi at the park!

The event will also include Wampanoag Eastern Suns drum group and dancers, Native storytelling in the tipi, kid’s games and MARV the art bus!

Food, drinks, Ranc’s delicious ice cream and Native crafts will be on sale. Please bring your beach chair or picnic blanket!

Tipi Raising and Community Gathering Event Schedule

12:00pm –Opening Activities
Welcome & Introductions – Joy Harris
Master of Ceremonies – Bruce Roberts
Opening Prayer – Ethan Bad Hand
Opening Circle/Smudging – Nikki Big Crow, Ethan Bad Hand, Lakota Youth
Opening Drum/Round Dance – Eastern Suns (Wampanoag)

12:45pm – Raising the Tipi
Tipi teachings – Ethan Bad Hand
Tipi Raising – Ethan Bad Hand, Nikki Big Crow, Bruce Roberts, Lakota youth. If anyone would like to lend a hand, let Ethan know!

12:00 – 3:00pm – Dreamcatchers and Mini-tipi crafts

12:45 – 1:15pm – Eastern Suns drumming/dance

1:15 – 1:45pm – Kids games –, giant Jenga, Connect 4, checkers, corn hole, volleyball and beach ball badminton

1:45 – 2:15pm – Eastern Suns drumming/dance

2pm – Pinata

2:15 – 2:45pm – Storytelling in the big tipi with Ethan Bad Hand

2:45 – 3:15pm – Eastern Suns drumming/dance

3:00pm – Pinata

3:15 – 4:00pm – Lakota Hand Games – Ethan Bad Hand and Nikki Big Crow

4 – 4:15pm – Storytelling in the big Tipi – Ethan Bad Hand

4:15 – 4:30pm – honoring ceremony – Joy, Bruce and Nikki; Ethan drum/honoring song
4:30pm – round dance with Eastern Suns
closing remarks/thanks – Bruce, Ethan, Nikki, Joy
closing circle/song/drum – Ethan Bad Hand

Lakota YouthStay program

The mission of the program is to foster authentic, mutually fulfilling, sustainable friendships between Native American youth from the Pine Ridge reservation in  South Dakota and youth/adults from Eastern Massachusetts with the goal of inspiring hope and creating cultural awareness and understanding.