St. David’s To Host 2013 Bermuda Pow Wow

June 12, 2013

Bermudians and their Native American cousins will hold “A Celebration of Our Ancestors” at the East End later this month at a colourful event paying tribute to the origins of their centuries-old bloodline.

The St. David’s Islanders & Native Community will host the 2013 Bermuda Pow Wow on June 22 and June 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at St. David’s Cricket Club grounds.

Ties between New England Native American tribes and their compatriots in Bermuda first began to be celebrated at Reconnection Festivals in 2002.

A number of St. David’s families are descendants of prisoners from the New England Indian wars of the mid-17th century.

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Pequots who survived the massacres of 1637 and Wampanoags and Narragansetts who fought King Phillip’s War of 1676-77 were sold into slavery in Bermuda. One family even claims descent from King Phillip himself, also known as Metacomet, the Wampanoag chief who led the fierce resistance to English colonial encroachment.

The entry fee for adults is $8 and for $4 for children, and the pow wow will include the grand entry; libation and dedication ceremony; local and overseas Native American dancers, songs and drums; Bermuda Gombeys; craft and artwork stalls, traditional St. David’s food.

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  1. Xman says:

    I would estimate that a good 10 to 15 % of Bermudians have some Native American Blood.
    I used to hear old folk back in the day talk about who and what family’s in Bermuda descended from
    American Indians.
    I have always heard about Lambs,Foxes,Pitchers,Burchalls,Minors,Smiths,O’Conners,from St.Davids
    came to Bermuda as Prisoners of War with the Colonist of New England ,
    the Richardson ,Darrell, Paynters,Wilkinson’s,Weller’s,Smiths,Burgess,out of St,Georges were of Indian Blood also
    and the Gibbons,Outterbriges, Hollis, Trott, out of Baileys Bay had Cherokee Blood I was also told that Smiths from the Harrington Sound area being related to the Indian Princess Pocahontas.
    I was told all this about 50 years ago.
    My Great Grandmother was a Lamb/Fox who was of light olive complexion,round face,Oriental type eyes,and had long
    hair down to her waist told me that her ancestors was shipped her around 1675 and they were American Indians.

    History always come back to visit you – George Welch

  2. RDP says:

    Robert Daniels Photography will be there.

  3. David and Kaelyn Burrows says:

    I am proud of my heritage. Kaelyn has been to Mashantucket and we will be in St. Davids again this year.

  4. Marie-Françoise says:

    Good morning,
    I would love to come. Where does this event take place ? Is there a telephone I could phone to get more information ? Which bus goes there from Hamilton ?
    Thank you for your help
    Marie-Françoise