Warner, N.H. – The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum will host Native storytellers during a day full of family activities celebrating the start of winter. The festival will include singing and dancing, crafts, games, traditional Native foods and a sale at the Dream Catcher gift shop.
Winter Celebration is held in the museum Saturday, December 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., at 18 Highlawn Road in Warner. Visitors can stroll through the arboretum, walk the trails in the Medicine Woods, play in the tipi and tour the museum itself, in addition to all the festival activities. Admission is free for members and $5 for non-members.
- The festivities begin at 10 a.m. with songs and dancing.
- At 10:30 a.m. Daniel Harper will share his stories with young and old.
- The Laughing Couple, storyteller Carolyn Hunt and artist husband Rick, continue storytelling at 11:30. Rick illustrates the stories in front of the audience while Carolyn tells them.
- Abenaki storytellers Ken Quiet Hawk and Deb New Moon Rising will share their stories at 1:30. Ken and Deb believe that “Storytelling should be a means of teaching, teaching us all how to be better people.” Recordings of their stories have won two Native American Music Awards for Best Spoken Word Recordings and they have also been nominated Best Male Artist and Best Female Artist.
- Visitors of all ages will enjoy making corn husk dolls and feather wrapping during craft sessions.
- Children will especially enjoy Abenaki games which will be played all day. A new one every hour!
- The day ends as it begins with songs and dancing.
Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum was founded in 1990 by Charles “Bud” and Nancy Thompson as an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present, and to encourage respect for our environment. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum seeks to challenge all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world. The museum is open daily May 1 – October 31, Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5pm and on weekends in November through December 8. For more info: www.IndianMuseum.org