These images showcase The Order of the Preservation of Indian Culture Pow Wow, which took place in June 2009.

 
 

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Native Americans from several dozen tribes have inhabited what we call Greater Boston for at least 10,000 years. Despite centuries of ill treatment, coerced conversion attempts, social marginalization, and painful acculturation, the complex nature-based spiritual traditions of nearly thirty distinct tribes and bands survive in New England today. The more than 6,000 Native Americans who call Greater Boston home are active through a range of social and community organizations. Throughout the year, a variety of Native ceremonies, rituals and pow wows attract anywhere from a few dozen to several hundred participants. Read full essay