All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Indians Gather in Norridgewock

Dozens of Maine Indians are spending the weekend at Oosoola Park in Norridgewock, marking the 282nd anniversary of a battle with British colonists that left countless natives and their controversial missionary Father Sebastian Rasle dead.
The event, sponsored by the Norridgewock Historical Society with support from a $500 grant from the Maine Humanities, will include a sacred fire that will burn throughout the weekend and festivities at the park throughout Saturday including American Indian dancing, drumming, storytelling and singing.

There will also be an Indian dinner on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Oosoola Park, which will include traditional foods such as venison, turkey, indian pudding, corn bread, squash and succotash, a corn and bean dish. [Link]
The brutal capture of Norridgewock was one of the last in a series of battles in Northern New England later known as Lovewell's, or Dummer's War.

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