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July 2019

Martial Arts and Wilderness Camp (Ages 8-13)

July 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am - July 19, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
$325 – $375

July 15 - July 19 (Mon-Fri | 9:00am to 4:00pm) | Standard Level: $325, Donation Level: $375 Led by Ndakinna Director James Bruchac, a wilderness survival expert and fifth degree black belt as well as other highly trained martial arts instructors and wilderness staff, participants will learn the basics of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, kickboxing, and self-defense. Between training sessions, participants will also enjoy Native American storytelling and wilderness activities in the surrounding nature preserve. These team-based activities and native games…

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September 2019

Mushroom Walk with Ken Kleinpeter

September 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join Ken Kleinpeter for a walk in the woods at Ndakinna Education Center Sunday, September 15th, 2019 from 10:00 to Noon. Ken has been a forager of mushrooms for more than 30 years. While he is not a mycologist and will not be able to identify every mushroom in the woods, he can give a basic overview for safe and satisfying mushroom foraging. You will learn about families of mushroom, and how to distinguish them. He can identify most of…

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Saratoga Native American Festival

September 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Congress Park, 1 E Congress St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
free

September 22nd | 10:00-4:30 | Free Admission A Celebration of Northeastern Native Culture Join us on September 22nd, 2019 as the popular Saratoga Native American Festival returns to Saratoga Springs at a new location this year – the historic Congress Park in the heart of downtown Saratoga (390 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866).  Activities will be held indoors and outdoors, rain or shine! The festival offers authentic northeastern Native American drumming and dance, storytelling, music, crafts, art and native food.…

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October 2019

Twenty-First Annual Scary Story Night

October 26, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States

Suggested Donation: $10 Adults, $7 Children under 12 On this dark and scary Saturday night in late October, we're proud to present the Twenty-First Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. The first performance will focus on stories that may be a bit frightening, but not too scary for smaller children. The second performance will include some truly terrifying tales, including readings from…

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November 2019

Dan Berggren in Concert, Nov. 16

November 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join consummate folk musician Dan Berggren for an evening of music here at Ndakinna Education on November 16th, 2019 at 7:00 pm. A perennial favorite, Berggren shares his love of the Adirondacks and traditional music with people throughout the world. Dan Berggren’s roots are firmly in the Adirondacks where he was raised but his music has branched out across many borders. The award-winning musician and educator grew up on the land farmed by his mother's family for generations and has…

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January 2020

Joe & Jesse Bruchac at Caffe Lena

January 3, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 United States
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$9 – $18

Traditional and original songs feature drum, rattle, flutes and the resonant voices of father and son. Nulhegan Abenaki citizens Joseph and Jesse Bruchac give voice to our local region's native heritage with concerts, storytelling, poetry, language instruction, and a vast catalog of award-winning books that are read around the globe. Their opening sets for such notable acts as The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, and Woodstock ’94 have been met with critical acclaim. Ranging from meditative to hilarious, their engaging and…

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February 2020

Winter Wilderness Survival Walkabout: Adult and Teen

February 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
$75 – $100

Feb. 15th |10:00 am to 5:00 pm | $75-$100 A full-day animal tracking and winter wilderness skills under the instruction of Jim Bruchac, Ndakinna Director and co-author of Scats & Tracks of The Northeast. Traveling on foot or by snowshoe (weather dependent), participants will explore both the stories found in animal tracks they find, as well as learn key winter survival skills such as natural insulation, shelter building, fire-making, natural navigation, and more . Dress for the weather and bring…

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Teen Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp

February 17, 2020 @ 9:00 am - February 21, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
$325 – $375

Winter Wilderness Adventure Teen Camp (Ages 13-16) Standard Level $325, Donation Level $375 2/17-21 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm | Five days of indoor and outdoor winter activities, that include snowshoeing, animal tracking, and shelter building, as well as Native American games, basic and advanced winter survival and more. Dress for outdoor adventures (bring snowshoes if you have them) and bring a bag lunch.    

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Abenaki Language Workshop Weekend

February 29, 2020 @ 10:00 am - March 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Learn the basics of the Abenaki Language from Jesse Bruchac during this weekend workshop. Classes are appropriate for all levels and ages, and include basic conversational Abenaki, language learning games, songs, dances and other creative and fun interactive indoor and outdoor activities. Starting at 10 am Saturday, two hour sessions will take place in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Class times are 10am-12 pm, 1-2 pm, 3-5, 8-9 pm.  One final Sunday morning session will conclude the weekend, starting at…

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July 2020

Molsem Teen Wilderness Adventure Camp (Ages 13-16)

July 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am - July 17, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

July 13 - 17 (Mon-Fri | 9:00am to 4:00pm) | Standard Level: $375, Donation Level: $425 ::WAITLIST ONLY! EMAIL WITH QUESTIONS:: A full week of intensive wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, Animal Tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native stories and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. The camp will also feature special off site field trips throughout all sessions. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center.  

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September 2020

Skamonkas Wilderness Adventure Camp (Tu-Fri) Ages 8-12

September 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - September 11, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

September 8-11 (Tu-Fri | 9am to 4pm) Enjoy the last few days of Summer this September (Skamonkas) at Ndakinna! This Tuesday through Friday camp is full of wilderness skills, Native American games, group challenges, animal tracking, nature awareness, hiking, Native American stories, and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. We understand that online schooling may begin Thursday. Ndakinna does have WiFi available, and will make allowances in our schedule for children to attend classes. Camp is also available for…

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Niben Wilderness Adventure and Storytelling Camp (Tu-Th, Ages 5-7)

September 8, 2020 @ 9:00 am - September 10, 2020 @ 4:00 pm

WAITLIST ONLY!! CONTACT FOR INFORMATION   September 8-10 (Tuesday-Thursday | 9:00am to 4:00pm) Enjoy the final days of summer (niben) at Ndakinna! Three days of outdoor fun including wilderness skills, animal tracking, Native American games, storytelling and daily visits to our adventure challenge course. Taking place at the Ndakinna Education Center with miles of nature trails, Native American wigwams, and other educational exhibits. In case of bad weather programming will take place inside our Education center, with 3,200 square feet…

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October 2020

Awighiganikok (From What’s Written) Abenaki Stories and Lessons
 (Online)

October 6, 2020 @ 10:00 am - October 29, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes: Awighiganikok (From What’s Written), Abenaki Stories and Lessons Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Thursdays & Sundays 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

The goal of this Abenaki Language course is to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with essential historic Abenaki language texts. This will allow them to be used in our continuing language reclamation efforts as they were intended by their authors. 

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22nd Annual Scary Story Night (Online Only)

October 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Suggested Donation: Online: Suggested Donation of $10 or more per Zoom. On this dark and scary Friday night in late October, we're proud to present the Twenty-Second Annual SCARY STORY NIGHT. This evening of spooky Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom. The evening will be split into two sections. The first performance will focus on stories that…

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November 2020

Wlikikan Storytelling Evening (Online)

November 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10 or more per Zoom. Help Ndakinna celebrate Native American Heritage Month and Day! On the last Friday night in late November, we're proud to present the first Wlikikan Storytelling Evening. This evening of Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19, this year we will be broadcasting the performance via Zoom. The evening will be split into two sections, starting with traditional tales of the Northeastern…

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December 2020

Conversational Abenaki (Online)

December 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - December 30, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes: Conversational Abenaki: Open to all, but recommended for those who have some prior experience with the language. Starting with a review of the Abenaki fundamentals, this course then covers new ground. Focusing on a different key language building block each week, including modeled grammatical usage of the words when, to, from, and at in the Abenaki language. Similar to our Intro to Abenaki Course, classes are taught using elements of immersion, games,…

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Intro to Abenaki Language (Online)

December 7, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - January 4, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes: Intro to Abenaki: Open to all levels with a focus on essential conversational phrases.  Open to the entire family, with the first 1/2 hour of each class specifically focused on children’s learning activities. Learning by Immersion, Games, Songs, Stories and Culture! Classes include access to the Ndakinna Course Hub on Canvas, with the class schedule, quizzes, activities, and other asynchronous learning tools. There is also bonus access to all our class materials…

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January 2021

Alamikos Storytelling Evening (Online Only)

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Suggested Donation: $10 or more per Zoom. Help Ndakinna celebrate the New Year! On the last Friday night in late January, we're proud to present the first Alamikos Storytelling Evening. Alamikos, means the Greetings Maker Moon. It is a time for giving thanks to one another, asking for forgiveness and sharing stories to brighten the cold winter nights. This evening of Native tales will be hosted by the well-known storytelling trio of Joseph, James, and Jesse Bruchac. Due to Covid-19,…

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February 2021

Winter Wilderness Adventure & Storytelling Camp [Ages 6-8]

February 15 @ 10:00 am - February 16 @ 4:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States
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$135 – $185

::FULL, WAITLIST ONLY::     Children (6-8) - Standard Level: $135, Donation Level: $185 2/15-16 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm |Run by Assistant Director Jesse Bruchac, this is two full days of both indoor and outdoor activities from shelter making and animal tracking to Native American games, crafts and storytelling. Dress for the outdoors and bring a bag lunch. Due to Covid-19, this camp has been reduced to 2 days and participation is limited to 15 participants. Masks are…

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Winter Wilderness Adventure Camp [Ages 9-13]

February 17 @ 10:00 am - February 19 @ 4:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States
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$195 – $245

Youth (9-13) - Standard Level: $195, Donation Level: $245 2/17-19 | 10:00 am to 4:00 pm | Run by Director James Bruchac, this is three days of indoor and outdoor winter activities from snowshoeing to animal tracking, shelter building, Native American games, basic winter survival and more. Dress for outdoor adventure (bring snowshoes if you have them). Bring a bag lunch.   Due to Covid-19, this camp has been reduced to 3 days and participation is limited to 15 participants.…

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March 2021

Beginner’s Guide to Abenaki Language Course (Online):The Four Senses

March 1 @ 6:00 pm - March 28 @ 8:00 pm

Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes: Beginner's Guide to Abenaki: The Four Senses During our Beginner's Guide to Abenaki, students will learn to confidently construct their own basic sentences based on carefully selected models. Each class will begin with a single key word that students will then learn more of the language off of.  Special focus will be given on the imperative form, as well as the incorporation of adjectives and adverbs.  Classes will include games, songs, group…

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Intermediate Guide to Abenaki Language (Online): The Four Senses

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - March 28 @ 8:00 pm

Ndakinna Education Center Abenaki Language Remote Learning Classes: Intermediate Abenaki: The Four Senses Our intermediate class is designed to enable the speaker to not only converse in Abenaki, but teach it to others. Each class will build directly off the material introduced in the beginner class, making it accessible to beginners who are interested in taking both levels at the same time. Our intermediate course will have a focus on additional inflections and expansions to words and phrases, with a…

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Sogalikas Storytelling Evening (All Ages) (ONLINE ONLY)

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States
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$7 – $10

March 19th | 6:00 to 8:00 pm | Suggested donation $10 (ONLINE ONLY) We're proud to present our eighth annual Sogalikas (Sugaring Moon) Native American Story and Music Night. This evening of Native tales and music will be hosted by members of the well-known Bruchac family and other special guests. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this event will be streamed via zoom.

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April 2021

Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp (Ages 5½-7)

April 5 @ 9:00 am - April 6 @ 4:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States
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$115 – $205

::WAITLIST ONLY::   4/5-6 Standard Level: $155, Donation Level: $205 Participants join Ndakinna's Jesse Bruchac for a two day outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Kids will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities to further heighten participants understanding of the natural world and Native American culture.…

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Spring Tracking & Adventure Camp (Ages 8-13)

April 7 @ 9:00 am - April 9 @ 4:00 pm
Ndakinna Education Center, 23 Middle Grove Road
Greenfield Center, NY 12833 United States
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4/7-4/9 Standard Level: $225, Donation Level: $275 ::WAITLIST ONLY:: Participants join expert tracker Jim Bruchac (co-author of three Scats and Tracks books – covering the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic) for an outdoor adventure to learn how to identify basic mammal tracks (fox, coyote, deer, raccoon, and more) and make plaster casts. Participants will be using the adjacent 80-acre Nature Preserve as well as our extensive animal tracks collection. Also included will be various Native American legends, awareness games and activities…

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