Watertown Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

Event date: 
Sunday, October 1, 2023 - 1:30pm

Learn more about this great community event by visiting the Watertown Events Calendar!


Watertown Welcomes Indigenous Peoples Day 2023

Sunday, October 1, 2023 at the Hosmer Elementary School, 1 Concord Rd, Watertown, MA

FREE Admission


1:30 - 1:35    Welcome and Land Acknowledgement – Maria Hendricks (Assonet & Mashpee Wampanoag), Actress and master of ceremonies appearing as Sipu* 

1:35 - 2:15    Nettukkusqk Singers: Deborah Spears Moorehead (Wampanoag) Fine Artist and Music Performer, and Music Performers Pam Ellis (Nipmuc), Jasmine C. Moorehead (Wampanoag) and Jacquelyn D. Moorehead (Wampanoag) a traditional women’s singing and drumming group

2:15 - 2:35    Judy Fallows, school gardens/three sisters presentation 

2:35 - 3:10    Brock Stonefish, (Moravian Delaware Nation) internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter 

3:10 - 3:25    Storytelling with Teddy Hendricks (Mashpee Wampanoag, Nipmuc) 

3:25 - 4:00    Eastern Sun Drummers and Dancers (Mashpee Wampanoag) 

4:00 - 4:15    Thea Hopkins (Aquinnah Wampanoag) performing songwriter

4:15 - 4:35    Mwalim *7) and The ZYG 808, (Mashpee Wampanoag) multi-Grammy-nominated and multi-hyphenated musicians and songwriters 

4:35 - 4:50    Geri Barney (Navajo) artist, musician & singer/songwriter  

4:50 - 5:00    Mix and mingle with the artists

1:30 - 4:30      Indigenous craft center


* Sipu is the main character in the New Repertory’s Indigenous historical play Listen to Sipu by Mashpee Wampanoag playwright Mwalim *7)



Deborah Moorehead (Indigenous art); Leslie Tuplin (Native Solutions); Holly Carrol Cachimuel (handmade crafts from Otavalo, Ecuador); Bob and Cindy Shelley (Native American Indian craft); Geri Barney (Navajo, paintings); Hartman Deetz (Mashpee Wampanoag, Ockway Bay Wampum); Julia Marden (Aquinnah Wampanoag, Eastern Woodland art); Belmont Bookstore

Sonya Avant-Sanders (Mashpee Wampanoag, Indigenous food)

Organized by members of the Pigsgusset Initiative, a working group of Watertown Citizens for Peace, Justice and the Environment in partnership with the New Repertory Theatre.  Members of the organizing committee include Teddy and Maria Hendricks (Mashpee Wampanoag, Nipmuc & Assonet), Stephanie Stonefish Ryan (Moravian Delaware Nation), Eileen Ryan, Jacqui Gross and Jennifer Wolfrum.  Supported by the Cuniff, Hosmer and Lowell Elementary Diversity and Belonging Councils, Watertown Community for Black Lives, Watertown’s Department of Community Development and Planning, Watertown Boys and Girls Club and WHERE ARE ALL THE BLACK PEOPLE AT

Funded by Watertown Community Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Watertown Savings Bank and private donations.

Event address: 
Hosmer Elementary School
1 Concord Rd.
Watertown, MA 02472
Ticketed Event: 
Age Group(s): 
Juvenile (0 - 7)
Middle Grade (8 - 12)
Young Adult (13 - 18)
Adult (19 - Boomer)