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390 A Summit Road
Exeter, RI, 02822
United States


Tomaquag Museum is dedicated to educating the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, Mother Earth and to connect to native issues of today.


4:30 pm16:30


  • University of Rhode Island (Swan Hall 175G)



Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English  at Northeastern University and core founding faculty member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks.

Shereen Marisol Meraji, reporter on race for the NPR Code Switch Team.

Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum.

And Moderator:

Christina Bevilacqua, former Director of Public Engagement at the Providence Atheneaum.

When: Thursday, April 6th, 2017 4:30-6:00pm

Where: University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus

5:30 pm17:30

Food Sovereignty Talk by Lorén Spears at The Aldrich House

  • Aldrich House

The RI Historical Society hosts Loren Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, to speak about indigenous peoples and the issue of food sovereignty. Learn about the important and current issue of indigenous food sovereignty and how that has changed and evolved over time.

RSVP for this FREE program online here: or email or call (401) 331-8575 x360

6:30 pm18:30

"Indigenous Foodways: Sovereignty, Appropriation and Continuation" a lecture with Loren Spears at The Providence Public Library

  • Providence Public Library (meeting room 3rd floor)

Complementing the On The Table Exhibit case featuring items on loan from the Tomaquag Museum, Lorén Spears, Executive Director, will share her thoughts on Indigenous Foodways.  With her lens as a Narragansett, Lorén will speak of traditional food gathering in comparison with post-European contact adaptations, featuring the historic "Dovecrest Restaurant" and the impact of food and foodways on culture.

Lorén M. Spears has been an educator for over 25 years in grades K – 8 and more recently as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island where she also received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education.  Ms. Spears holds a Master’s in Education from the University of New England.  She shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum tours, classes, lectures, workshops, exhibits, art shows, educator conferences and other programs.  She has written curriculum, poetry, and narratives published in a variety of works such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England; Through Our Eyes:  An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond, and The Pursuit of Happiness: An Indigenous View. 

Ms. Spears was recently appointed by Governor Raimondo to serve on the Board of the RI State Council on the Arts and serves on various other boards including The Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square.  Under her leadership, the Tomaquag Museum received the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal.  She was also awarded the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities in October, 2017 by the RI Council of the Humanities.

12:00 pm12:00

Quahog Week at Save The Bay

  • Save The Bay

At 12:15 PM The Tomaquag Museum Executive Director Lorén Spears will be talking about the importance of the wild shellfish harvest to Native American culture and history. 

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4:30 pm16:30

The Journey of the Johnny Cake: Talk & Demo by Lorén Spears at The Aldrich House

  • Aldrich House

Loren Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, will give a talk and demonstration of the Rhode Island "Johnny Cake," originally called a "journey cake" by RI's indigenous tribes. Come hear about the indigenous origins of the "Johnny Cake," how it's evolved and witness a demonstration (and taste) of how it's made.

Please call (401) 331-8575 x360 or contact for more information.

Register for this free event here

Maximum 25 people, register early!