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Press Release: Berkshire Museum presents Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History at Berkshire Museum Special Performances on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11

Berkshiremuseum Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012
Media contact: Lesley Ann Beck, Director of Communications
413.443.7171 ext. 28; lbeck@berkshiremuseum.org

Berkshire Museum presents
Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History at Berkshire Museum
Special Performances on Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and 11

[Pittsfield, Mass.] – On Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11, 2012, Berkshire Museum will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with four exceptional performances featuring music, stories, and dance. Chief Konkapot Festival of Native American Culture and History is proudly presented in partnership with Healing Winds and is done in conjunction with the exhibition Rethink! American Indian Art on display at the Museum now through January 6, 2013. Advance tickets for all four performances are available by calling 413.443.7171 ext.10 or by visiting the Museum’s Front Desk.

The festival will feature the rich history and culture of the Mohawk and Nipmuck tribes, conveyed through storytelling, music, and ritual. The performers are Jerry Thundercloud McDonald, Joseph Firecrow, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, and Sandy Rhodes.

About the Performances
Jerry Thundercloud McDonald will be presenting Mohawk music, stories, and dance at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. McDonald will also 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. Children 3 and under are free, and tickets include Museum admission.

Joseph Firecrow will perform a special concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. Firecrow, of the Northern Cheyenne, is an award-winning flutist, singer, and storyteller. Tickets are $12, and $10 for Museum members.

Larry Spotted Crow Mann, Nipmuck poet and author of Tales from the Whispering Basket, presents Nipmuck stories, songs, and drum with the Quabbin Lake Singers on Sunday, November 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, and tickets include Museum admission.

Sandy Rhodes will be presenting contemporary pow wow culture, dance, and regalia on Sunday, November 11, at 3 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, 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.

About Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum
Now through January 6, 2013
The innovative exhibition, Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum, featuring both striking contemporary art and important historic art objects, is on display through January 6, 2013. Rethink! American Indian Art at Berkshire Museum is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

The exhibition features contemporary works of art in a range of media and techniques, from video installations, contemporary basketry, and beadwork to ceramics, sculpture, and glass, by accomplished Native American artists Marcus Amerman, Jeremy Frey, Teri Greeves, Diego Romero, Preston Singletary, and Bently Spang. The exhibition also includes historic Native American art objects from Berkshire Museum’s permanent collections. Rethink! is co-curated by art historian Margaret Archuleta and Berkshire Museum’s director of interpretation Maria Mingalone and collections manager/registrar Leanne Hayden.

The authentic wigwam which was previously on the Museum’s front lawn has been reconstructed by its creators, Darrel Wixon and David Weeden, inside the Museum as part of the immersive gallery experience that explores the lives and lifestyles of the region’s early inhabitants. Focusing on the Northeastern Woodland Indians, the small exhibition on the Museum’s second floor currently features an array of historic and contemporary objects created by Woodland Indians. There is a special emphasis on the Mohican Indians native to the Berkshires and Hudson Valley region that brings the history of the area’s earliest inhabitants up-to-date. This extension of Rethink! will remain on view after the main exhibition closes in early January, to serve the community with local and regional history.

Berkshire Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www.berkshiremuseum.org or call 413.443.7171. Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children. Members and children aged three and under enjoy free admission.

The Museum is located at 39 South Street on Route 7 in downtown Pittsfield. Berkshire Museum is the first public museum in Berkshire County, established by Zenas Crane in 1903 as a museum of art and natural history. Little Cinema is open year-round. Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, Aquarium, and other exhibits are ongoing.

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