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Ceremonial Stone Landscape Day
October 7 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join us in celebrating the historic legacy of the Narragansett Tribe and the indigenous peoples.
Their living culture is seen today in the curious stone arrangements and symbolic structures which abound in our town’s forests and preserved trail systems. These spirit stone groupings are called “man-i-tou has-san-nash” in the Algonquin language. In Hopkinton, they are intermingled with colonial and settler ruins, reminding us that many different people lived on this same land that we call home.
This year our annual Fall event celebrates these ceremonial stone landscapes (CSL) of the indigenous peoples as part of the opening dedication for Hopkinton Land Trust’s newest sanctuary, Manitou Hassannash Preserve. The event features hiking in Canonchet Preserves as well as within the intentionally undeveloped Manitou Hassannash Preserve.
The central feature of this 14 acre property is a remarkably dense concentration of more than 1,000 manitou hassannash clustered on the hillside. The opening dedication ceremony will be conducted by indigenous people, according to ways they see fit to honor their spirits and ancestors.
In the riding barn at Canonchet Farm (“Home Base”), light snacks are available appropriate for a full day of hiking. There will be an informative indoor program to help you see the manitou hassannash in your own forests, and to learn about their continuing importance. Additionally, James and Mary Gage will be offering their book, Land of a Thousand Cairns, researched extensively in and around this preserve.
Enjoy the indoor gallery of 160 photos of Hopkinton’s indigenous, colonial and settler history. Learn about the volunteers who construct the trail network. Discover the animals — day and night — that are part of the natural history of Hopkinton, and take in the scenic beauty of our rural community’s remaining wild places.
We hope you and your friends and families can join us to see for yourself the rich legacy our generation holds in stewardship for the future, both in our town and yours.
Park at Canonchet Farm’s Riding Stable Barn. The event starts at 11, and the dedication begins at 1:30. Allow at least 30 minutes to hike from the barn to the dedication.