PITTSFIELD – Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, the Berkshire Museum will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with four performances featuring music, stories and dance.
The Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History will be presented in partnership with Healing Winds and is featured in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit “Rethink! American Indian Art” on display at through Jan. 6, 2012. The festival will feature the rich history and culture of the Mohawk and Nipmuck tribes, conveyed through storytelling, music and ritual with performers Jerry Thundercloud McDonald, Joseph Firecrow, Larry Spotted Crow Mann and Sandy Rhodes.
Jerry Thundercloud McDonald will be presenting Mohawk music, stories and dance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. McDonald also will speak on the Haudenosaunee Confederacy’s influence on the formation of the U.S. Constitution. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children; museum members are $5 for adults and $3 for children with children 3 and under are free. Tickets include museum admission. Joseph Firecrow will perform a special concert at 7 p.m. on Sat. Nov. 10. Firecrow, of the Northern Cheyenne, is an award-winning flutist, singer and storyteller. Tickets are $12/$10 for museum members. Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuck poet and author of “Tales from the Whispering Basket,” will present Nipmuck stories, songs and drum with the Quabbin Lake Singers on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for children; museum members are $5 for adults, $3 for children; children 3 and under are free. Tickets include museum admission. Sandy Rhodes will be presenting contemporary pow wow culture, dance and regalia on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. Tickets are also $15 for adults, $8 for children; Museum members are $5 for adults, $3 for children. Children 3 and under are free, and tickets include museum admission.
A combination ticket for both Sunday performances, Larry Spotted Crow Mann and Sandy Rhodes, is $20 adult, $11 child; museum members $7 adult, $4 child, children three and under free, and tickets include museum admission.
The Berkshire Museum is located at 39 South St. in Pittsfield. For more information about the museum, this weekend’s festival or to purchase advanced tickets call 413-443-7171, ext.10 or go online to berkshiremuseum.org.