Visiting Museum Educators
Adult Programming for Ages 18+
Can’t make it to us? We can come to you! Tomaquag Museum offers visiting museum educator services right to your doorstep! Universities, Churches, Libraries, Conferences, Museums, and more! We can make any program fit your group’s needs, desired learning topics, or cultural experiences. All of our staff are members of Indigenous American tribes and present a first person perspective on our history, culture, art, and life-ways. Check out our program offerings below!
*Please note that the pricing below includes in-state mainland travel (Ferry fees added on for Block Island). For all out of state visits, we charge an additional fee for mileage and if necessary per diem and lodging.
Visiting Museum Educator:
Perfect for smaller group (45 maximum), all of our visiting educators are members of Indigenous American tribes, offering a first person perspective on the history, culture and arts, providing a general overview of Eastern Woodland People and the Tomaquag Museum as an organization. Along with an educational presentation, Tomaquag’s visiting educators come with a traveling exhibit that includes cultural items for viewing and interaction. A traditional music demonstration or one traditional story may be included; Audience participation is highly encouraged. Programs can be adjusted to a specific focus area upon request.
Pricing: Beginning at $350/hour for groups up to 45 maximum, for groups over 45 there is an additional $8 per person fee. Additional $150 for specialized topic areas.
Book Talks: In lieu of our basic program, we also offer book talks on a number of different publications, very popular for libraries and private reading groups. Speak to our staff to inquire.
Cultural Demonstrations: We offer cultural demonstrations by our museum staff that can be provided in addition to or in lieu of our basic program offerings. These are not workshops but rather a demonstration by our educator with public Q&A. Choose from the following or inquire about other possibilities not listed here:
- Cooking Demonstrations focused on Indigenous Cuisine
- Traditional Art forms like weaving, basketry, beading
- Hand Drumming (not included with Basic Program)
Pricing: Varies, call or email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Indigenous Film with Q&A
Incorporate an Indigenous Film presentation into our basic program followed by a question and answer session or we can provide this as a stand alone program. Contact us to request a current film list with synopsis.
Pricing: Begins at $500/1.5 hours for groups up to 45 maximum, for groups over 45 there is an additional $12 per person fee.
Cultural Slide Presentation
Need a visual? We offer cultural slideshow presentations provided by our senior staff, all of whom specialize in a myriad of topics ranging from Eastern Woodland Ecology, social justice, and current event. Ask to see a full list of our current presentation topics. Don’t see what you’re looking for? We can also create a presentation on any specialized topic area specifically designed to meet your needs.
Pricing: Begins at $500/1.5 hours for groups up to 45 maximum, for groups over 45 there is an additional $12 per person fee. Additional $150 for specialized topic areas.
Advanced lectures presented by Lorén Spears, MsEd., (Narragansett/Niantic), Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, Founder of Nuweetooun School, Educator, Storyteller, Artist, Two term Tribal Councilwoman, Traditional dancer, Narragansett Language Committee member, Adjunct Professor at URI and oral historian.
These presentations are one and a half hours long including Q & A. Cultural items may be presented if appropriate for topic. Slide shows or short films may be used to visually enhance lecture.
Pricing: Each Lecture begins at $500
Tomaquag Museum offer training to professionals in the workplace. Bring our educators to your workshops, conferences, staff meetings or retreats to provide an engaging training to help your employees excel in the workplace. We currently offer the following programs:
Cultural Awareness Presentations - An introduction to Indigenous Culture in New England. This has been a popular offering amongst different local businesses to introduce their staff to the unique culture of the Indigenous people of New England. Indigenous Invisibility is rampant in this area and as a result, research, outreach and marketing has ignored this population. Help your staff become more informed about Indigenous people to better serve others in our diverse community.
Cultural Competency Training - An important training for all professions, this training breaks down stereotypes associated with Indigenous people by providing an accurate history behind the myths that have taken over our society. Introduce your staff to the culture, values, and social practices of Indigenous people today and provide them with the resources to better serve Indigenous people in their community.
Social Service Provision to Indigenous Population - Ever wonder why Native Americans are so underrepresented amongst the populations your program services? This training will give you tools that you can employ in your agencies to open the door, broaden your reach, and provide culturally competent services to the Indigenous community. This social service focused training explores historical trauma, breaks down stereotypes, identifies culturally sensitive service provision techniques, and provides resources and contacts specific to servicing Native American in your area.
Educator Trainings - Focused on inclusive education, this training assists educators in integrating indigenous education in the classroom. Our educator trainings will help others develop curriculum that is more diverse, equitable, and historically accurate while providing culturally competent resources for teaching and engaging students.
Pricing: Beginning at $750 for groups up to 45 maximum, larger groups call to discuss pricing. Topic areas can be adjusted to meet your group's specific learning goals.
Get creative with an instructional workshop to learn a traditional art form. This art focused workshop includes educational discussion around the cultural relevance, spirituality, history, and transitions over time of different Eastern Woodland art forms. We can provide an art workshop as a stand alone program or added on to our basic program, you decide! Choose from any of the following:
- Dream Catcher
- Corn Husk Dolls
- Double String Beaded Necklace or Ring
Or for something a little more advanced, choose:
- Traditional Pinch Pots
- Advanced Dream Catcher
- Adorned Corn Husk Dolls
- Beaded Earrings or Pins
- Bone Chokers
- Trinket Baskets
When booking, speak to our staff about the best choice for your group size and time restraints!
Pricing: Art Workshops begin at $400/2 hours with a maximum group size of 20, additional fee for extra participants.
Along with the basic program, the game program includes an additional half hour exploration of traditional Eastern Woodland games and their cultural/spiritual significance. Participants are not only educated on the nuances of different traditional games but are also able to engage as well, a fun group activity.
Pricing: Beginning at $450/1.5 hours for groups up to 45 maximum, for groups over 45 there is an additional $12 per person fee.
Traditional storytellers are specialized artists and performers. Each one unique in his/her own way. As such, this educational program offer something extra special which weaves together the history and culture of Indigenous peoples through the art of storytelling. For small groups up to 45, we can provide storytelling as a stand alone program or as an addition to the basic program.
Pricing: Storytelling Programs begin at $600 per hour for groups up to 45. Additional participants are $15 per person. For large groups over 100, we offer a special Storytelling and Cultural Exhibition, please call to enquire.
Looking for a cost-effective option? With online programs like Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, even Flipgrid, our educators can visit you anywhere, anytime!
Pricing: Begins at $200 for a 45 minute program. Contact us to learn more.