May 19th 2pm. Potluck Fireside gathering at Blue Star Equiculture with Troy Phillips native Nipmuck Elder from Western Ma.
Please join us on May 19th for the beginning of our monthly series of fireside talks with Troy Phillips. Troy will discuss the Nipmuck way of life, the historical Indian fishing weirs found on the property and other significant historical facts of Palmer's first people. We will be sharing a picnic together so bring a dish to share and if the weather is right there is swimming too! We will gather by the Peace Pole at 2pm. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of learning and fun and community! Everyone is welcome..a horse or two may even show up! If you have native artifacts from this area bring them! Troy is an expert on such things and might be able to teach us a thing or two!!
Troy Phillips is Native American from the Nipmuc Nation and a former Commissioner On Indian Affairs for the State of Massachusetts where he served from 2003 till 2010 when he relocated to Rhode Island.. He is an advocate on many native issues especially those pertaining to the preservation of sacred sites. Troy is a member of several native organizations in the region. He is a Native American actor who portrayed Tisquantum in the 2009 PBS mini series "We Shall Remain" and more recently he starred in a sort film, "Danny Attuk" by upcoming film maker Talin Avakian. Troy is also a film director having written, starred and directing the short film, "These Walls Are My Reservation", which tells the story of a young man growing up in an urban environment struggling to understand what it means to be Native American.
Troy is also an accomplished artist and teacher of traditional beading, quillwork, pottery and drum making. He is well versed on all subjects pertaining to the history of Eastern Tribes and Woodlands Culture and often gives cultural presentations for schools and other organizations.
During his free time, he enjoys fishing, boating and camping with his family. They travel extensively to attend traditional powwow's where Troy is also a champion powow dancer. Troy works for a Massachusetts environmental company and lives in Rhode Island with his wife, Lisa and their children.