( Abenaki meaning, "I am returning home")
"Native American Cultural Week and Pow Wow"
NAWIHLA Native American Cultural Week and Pow Wow will be held throughout the Haverhill / Newbury area for a week long celebration and will begin the first weekend on June with a two day Pow Wow on the
VFW Field in North Haverhill on Rt. 10.
For hundreds and hundreds of years it is documented that the Abenaki settled in the meadows on both sides of the CT River from Newbury, Vermont to Haverhill New Hampshire where they harvested and traded with other nations. After the wars the Abenaki fled the meadows, but their presence is still there.
Many Abenaki Families never really left the area....they just hid their identity and blended in.
Artifacts have been found, stories written and it is all logged in history.
The name Nawihla in our language means
" I am returning home" . The People of the Koasek Nation are very pleased to invite you to this important place of our people.
Nancy Millette is extremely please to be returing "home " to the place of her birth, as well as the place of her father's birth and many other family members. " It is exciting to have this celebration with our people, my family and old highschool friends,"
said Millette. NAWIHLA!! For sure.
To be Announced...
The public is welcome to the Pow Wow as well as to all other events in the area that week. There will be approximately 30 arts vendors, traditional and non- traditional food venders, Drum Groups and dancing to name a few of the daily activities.
A historic village will be constructed for the Pow wow featuring:
Re-enactors from the Koasek El Nu Tribe.
The Festival Directors encourage you to
please bring your Lawn Chairs.
The public will be welcomed to participate in the dancing among other things!
Contemporary Music Performers who will be performing and whom have been confirmed will be:
Master of Ceremonies
Sponsors of NAWIHLA (In Alphabetical Order)
All Season Motel, N.H.,
Farm Way VT- Gear,
Fenn Way Builders,
Kevin Fagnant Builders,
Koasek Abenaki Nation,
Mashantucket Pequot Schemitzun Committee,
Town of Haverhill, New Hampshire,
Town of North Haverhill, New Hampshire,
State Council on the Arts
and National Endowment on the Arts,
VFW North Haverhill,
Wells River Savings Bank,
White Pine Association
We will have signs posted.
from MapQuest; Also see Below Maps:
The Council Committee is still accepting applications for Vendors. For said application please contact us.
Places to Stay
36 Smith Street, Woodsville, NH
All Seasons Motel
36 Smith St, Woodsville, NH
Woodsville Cottage Inn
4793 Dartmouth College HW, Woodsville, NH
For More Information/Vendors;
Pow Wow Flyer