! Greetings from Shinnecock.
One thing we can thank Hurricane Irene for is the opportunity to enjoy one more Eastern powwow before the season ended. The Mashantucket Pequot’s Green Corn Powwow was rescheduled from that stormy August weekend to this past weekend and many of us—well rested from our own powwow—traveled up to Connecticut to enjoy and compete in one last powwow moment. There were actually too many contests and Shinnecock winners to count, but trust that all our regulars placed in several categories.
That was the end of our Eastern powwows, but we now have our winter socials to look forward to. Although the first won’t be until our Nunnowa event, the week before Thanksgiving, there is talk of an intimate and exclusive 565 Federal Recognition celebration to be held on or before that date (more on that once the details are ironed out).
Meanwhile, since we just cannot bear to put our moccasins up for the season, we will be off to the Redhawk Native American Arts Council’s Northeastern Powwow Championship this Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, where there will be men’s and women’s Eastern specials. The powwow will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights in northern Westchester County. Grand entries will be at 1 and 4 p.m.
Back here on the home front, Shinnecock Substance Abuse Mobilization Project (SAMP) invites all communities to come out for the third annual SAMP 5K Run/Walk for Recovery on Saturday, September 24, at 10 a.m. Registration, $20 for adults or $5 for children under 12, begins at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Shinnecock Presbyterian Church and includes water and T-shirts. Participants are encouraged to raise $100 in pledges from family and friends. Proceeds benefit SAMP, which broke ground in July for its recovery home and “wellbriety” center.
Make donation checks payable to Substance Abuse Mobilization Project, Shinnecock Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 5011, Southampton NY 11969. For more information, call (631) 680-3326 or email SAMP@shinnecock.suffolksystems.com.
Perhaps the SAMP run will inspire many to stay in shape by joining Evolution Fitness in Southampton, which is currently offering several fall promotions: buy a year for $400 and receive an extra month for free; or get a friend to join and both get an extra month for free. Buy a year for $400 and get a free personal training session with EvoFit creator Jason Cofield, or two years for $700 and get two personal training sessions. Plus, there are group rates where if three or more join together. You may choose only one offer but hurry, because the promotion expires on September 30.
Lastly, the Native American Music Awards (NAMMY) are quickly approaching, set to be held on October 7, in Niagara Falls. We would just like to mention two hopefuls who have been nominated: Dylan Jenet Collins (Montaukett) was nominated in nine categories including Best Pop Recording for her feature title “Hear Our Prayer;” and Kyra Climbingbear (Eastern Cherokee) who was nominated in three categories, including songwriter of the year. We also ran into Cody Blackbird (Cherokee) who was nominated as Flutist of the Year for his album “The Journey.”
All three artists will be wearing designs created by our Yukon friend Sho Sho Esquiro for their televised NAMMY debut. Good luck to all three nominees. We will be rooting for you!!