Children's  Hour - Cancelled This Week due to Funeral Services
Jul
17
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Cancelled This Week due to Funeral Services

Tomaquag Museum will be closed on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in honor of the the late Eleanor Spears Dove.  Eleanor Freda “Pretty Flower” Spears Dove, age 100, the eldest member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation, of Arcadia Road in Richmond, Rhode Island made her journey to the spirit world on July 13, 2019 encircled by the love of her family in her home. Eleanor stood as a matriarchal pillar within her community. She was a long-time supporter of the Tomaquag Museum, providing a home to the museum in 1969 adjacent to the then renowned Dovecrest Restaurant, owned by Ferris and Eleanor Dove. The Tomaquag Museum partnered with the restaurant on events and thanksgiving celebrations in the 70s and 80s. Even after the closing of the restaurant, Eleanor Dove continued to support the Tomaquag Museum. Without her efforts, the museum may not still be here today. 

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Visiting hours will be held from 5-8pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the First Baptist Church of Hope Valley, Rhode Island.  A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church, graveside service to follow at First Hopkinton Cemetery, Chase Hill Road, Ashaway. In lieu of flowers the family asks you to consider making a donation in Eleanor’s name to the Tomaquag Museum, 390 Summit Rd. Exeter, RI 02822.

Please join us for Children’s Hour as we resume on July 31st.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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No Children's  Hour this Week
Jul
24
10:00 AM10:00

No Children's Hour this Week

Due to a special event, there will be no Children’s Hour this week. We are sorry for the change in schedule. We hope you will join us next week

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Book Talk: Meet Crazy Horse Family Elder & Author W Matson
Jul
24
12:00 PM12:00

Book Talk: Meet Crazy Horse Family Elder & Author W Matson

Hosted by Tashunke Witko Tiwahe/Crazy Horse Family/ECF at the Tomaquag Museum

Crazy Horse Family Elder Floyd Clown Sr & Author William Matson discuss and sign their book "Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior's Life and Legacy" based on the Family's oral history. Signed Books and DVD’s will be available for Sale. For more information, click the link below.

This lecture is a free outdoor event, no registration necessary. Tomaquag Museum will be open for visitors, regular admission applies.

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Photo is of Floyd Clown Sr's spiritual mentors Pete Catches Sr.

Pete asked Floyd to be a grandson during a ceremony.

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Children's  Hour - Tea Time with Sassy Sassafras
Jul
31
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Tea Time with Sassy Sassafras

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Did you know Sassafrass is believed to be the first plant product exported from New England, the first shipload having sailed from nearby Cape Cod. This plant is not only a useful medicine, but delicious as well so this week we’re on the hunt for sassafrass. Join us on a nature walk to identify sassafrass in the wild. Learn how to harvest responsibly and use the many parts as food, medicine, and technology. Then join us back at the museum for refreshing glass of sassafrass tea! As our Blueberry Class was unexpectedly cancelled, we will also celebrate our favorite summer berries and enjoy some blueberry NaSaump, a traditional dish.

Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's Hour - Green Corn Thanksgiving
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Green Corn Thanksgiving

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

This weekend, the Narragansett Tribe will celebrate the Green Corn Thanksgiving, now known as the annual August Meeting Powwow in Charlestown, Rhode Island. Join us this week for our own celebration at Tomaquag Museum as we pay homage to one of our most important traditional foods, corn. We will talk about the origins of corn, hear a traditional story, explore the many traditional uses of corn at our sight and sensory table, and then make our own corn husk dolls to take home. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - One Plant To Rule Them All
Aug
14
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - One Plant To Rule Them All

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Ever been to a super Walmart? They have everything you need all in one stop. That’s kind of what it’s like to harvest Cattails. If there was ever a one-stop plant shop, Cattails would be my pick. Join us this week as we explore the many uses of cattails. Be ready to dissect and explore and help us build a chart for all the parts of this amazing plant and its 1001 uses! Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's Hour - A Rose By Any Other Name
Aug
21
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - A Rose By Any Other Name

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

In Romeo and Juliet, when Shakespeare wrote “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” did he have rose hips in mind? Probably not, but we do! That’s why we’re making sweet and fragrant rose hip candy at this week’s children’s hour. Come learn about this beautiful beach plant, its power packed vitamin C uses, and make some delicious candy with us to enjoy! Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's Hour Finale!
Aug
28
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour Finale!

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

We’ve had so much fun this summer exploring nature and it’s many uses and today so we’re heading outside and wrapping things up with a traditional social filled with music and dancing, games, face paint and food! Bring a dish to share and join us for our Children’s Hour Finale! Even if you’ve missed us all summer, we hope you join us today!

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration
Dec
7
10:00 AM10:00

Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration

Save The Date!

Join us for our annual Nikommo Celebration! We will be celebrating the winter moon with a special giveaway event. Nikommo is traditionally the celebration of giving. Receive free admission, our gift to you, when you bring a gift to donate to someone in need. We will be featuring different storytellers all day, both traditional and original work! Visit our Native Artisan Market for your holiday shopping! Join us and kick-start your holiday season with the spirit of giving!  

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Children's  Hour Special Event - Harmonious Migrations
Jul
10
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour Special Event - Harmonious Migrations

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Harmonious Migrations is a 30 minute auditorium show followed by additional interactive activities that has been developed to teach children (and their families) about the interconnectivity of the elements in the environment as they relate to crane flyways. Harmonious Migrations illustrates how Native peoples of North America participate in the same planetary dance as the crane and all creations. Best suited for children ages 5-12 but all are welcome.

We’re pleased to offer this special program thanks to IBEX Puppetry and additional sponsorship from South County Tourism.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Basket Making Art Class
Jul
9
6:00 PM18:00

Basket Making Art Class

Create Your own Splint Basket at Tomaquag Museum!

Join us this July for a fun interactive workshop and create your own Splint Basket with Tomaquag Museum Director and Indigenous Artist, Loren Spears. This will be an intimate beginning level class that will take you through the entire process from prepping materials through completion and includes additional instruction on finishing your piece with traditional basket stamp designs, a style unique to the tribes of Southern New England. Class will be held at Tomaquag Museum Tuesday evenings, beginning July 9th through July 30th from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Open to ages 18 and up, limited to 10 participants. Call us if you have any questions (401) 491-9063.

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Children's  Hour - Celebrate "Native" America
Jul
3
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Celebrate "Native" America

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Independence Day is tomorrow! But before this country became America, it was already a populated country of Indigenous peoples with a diversity of cultures, traditions, languages, foods, and technologies. Celebrate ‘NATIVE America’ with us this week as we explore Indigenous America. Come play a traditional bowl game and make your own to take home; See if you can identify what foods came from the Americas and what foods were introduced; and listen to a traditional story of how we got the flute’s beautiful song. We’re celebrating just a few things that make Indigenous America so special!

Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Make Me A Salad
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Make Me A Salad

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Ever get hungry while exploring outside? Well, there’s plenty of indigenous greens all around you that are also edible and nutritious. Join us this week for a hunt around the museum and help me find edible greens for my salad. Watch me eat whatever we collect and I’ll let you know if you made me a good salad or a great one! Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Strawberry Thanksgiving at The Tomaquag Museum
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Strawberry Thanksgiving at The Tomaquag Museum

Tomaquag Museum's annual Strawberry Thanksgiving Celebration is a fun event for the whole family! We honor the strawberry season with a cultural celebration including traditional Native music, dance, games, native vendors, tours of the museum and more.  Plan to arrive early for our opening ceremony at 10:30am.  Regular Museum Admission. For more information contact Tomaquag Museum at slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org or call 401-491-9063.

We’ll also be hosting the "Kenneth T. Mars, Jr.: A Life Behind the Lens”

The South County History Center has launched this new traveling exhibit, “Kenneth T. Mars, Jr.: A Life Behind the Lens.”  The exhibit will be displayed at a number of sites throughout Rhode Island from April through October 2019.

The exhibit is the first to celebrate and display photographs from the Kenneth T. Mars, Jr. Photograph Collection, which contains more than 25,000 vernacular photographs documenting daily life in South County.  Mars, a life-long resident of South Kingstown, was a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, an inductee into University of Rhode Island’s Lifetime Service Society and an usher at the Peace Dale First Church of God.  Following his death in 2011, family members and a local photographer saved the collection.  It was donated to the South County History Center in 2018 to ensure its preservation for future generations.  

Mars’ prolific photograph collection captures more than four decades of South County’s history, including social events, daily happenings and changes to the architectural landscape.  These photographs will help current and future generations uncover local history, undertake historic preservation projects and celebrate the community’s diversity.  

The traveling exhibit has been made possible by a Rhode Island Foundation Community Grant and supporters of the South County History Center’s History in Focus Campaign.  It will on display during Strawberry Thanksgiving and will stay in the museum through June 29th. For more information, visit http://southcountyhistorycenter.org/mars-photograph-collection

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Children's  Hour - Strawberries
Jun
19
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Strawberries

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Strawberry Thanksgiving at Tomaquag Museum is this weekend! Start the celebration early at this week’s children’s hour. We’ll be making strawberry moon tea and we need your help! It’s a taste test, and you decide whether honey, maple syrup, or plain sugar make the best sweetener for this traditional tea. Enjoy your glass as we listen to a story about the first strawberries! Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Honoring Our Fathers
Jun
12
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Honoring Our Fathers

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Pa, dad, papa, daddy, pop…we have lots of names for our Fathers just like plants have lots of different names. Names are very important to identify plants and special people. Come listen to the story of Thunder Boy Jr. written by Native Author,Sherman Alexie, and the name his father gave him and the special relationship this father and son share. Then create a special gift to give to your fathers or another special loved one. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Flower Power
Jun
5
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Flower Power

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Time to get outside and explore! Flowers are more than pretty, they can have many uses too. Join us as we walk the grounds identifying different flowers and whether they are indigenous or new to the neighborhood and why they are important. Then create your own recycled wildflower ‘bombs’ to help nature grow more pretty treats for our pollinators! Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour -  Milkweed vs. Dogbane Your Vote, Your Voice
May
29
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Milkweed vs. Dogbane Your Vote, Your Voice

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Time to get outside and explore! This week at children’s hour we’re getting scientific. Milkweed and Dogbane, which is the better indigenous plant? Cast your vote this week! Help us dissect, compare and evaluate these plants, identifying their similarities and difference. Then Vote to declare a winner. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Meet a Native Veteran
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Meet a Native Veteran

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Memorial Day is Monday May 27th, so join us for children’s hour and meet a Native Veteran to hear about their service to our country. Then help us plant sage in our memorial garden so that we can continue to pick and share this traditional medicine with those we want to honor for their service to our communities. Sage bush is traditional to the western hemisphere of North America but its medicinal use has been adopted across North America and variations of Sage including European varieties are now widely used as traditional medicines. Learn more with us at Children’s Hour. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Focus on Ferns
May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Focus on Ferns

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Time to get outside and explore! Join us as we learn all about ferns and make some lovely fern rubbings. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Honoring Our Mothers
May
8
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Honoring Our Mothers

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

It’s almost mother’s day! Join us for children’s hour this week as we celebrate our mothers and Mother Earth. This week we will hear a creation story about the first mother’s gift to our world and create a special gift to give to our mothers or another loved one. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's  Hour - Birch Brilliance
May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour - Birch Brilliance

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Click on photo to go to Tomaquag’s Children’s Hour Page

Welcome Back! It’s time to get outside and explore! Baskets, boats and beauties, there’s nothing Birch can’t make brilliant! Explore the museum and see how many ways you can identify birch being used. Then join us as we learn about responsible birch bark harvesting and make our own birch bark heart ornaments to hang in your home. Have you ever considered what grows all around us? From food to technology, medicine to spirituality, nature can truly provide us with everything we need. Starting May 1st to the end of August at Children's Hour, we are focusing traditional uses of indigenous plants.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from USDA Rural Development Grant and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Jan
24
to Mar 1

Yo Nuweekun Collaborative Art Show

UPDATE: Night Opening Reception rescheduled for Tuesday, February 19th due to storm.

"Yo Nuweekun, We Dwell Here"  represents Indigenous history, culture and present day lifeways through artistic representations both traditional and contemporary. We are the land. Our stories are here. Our ancestors are here. We share those stories to those of today and to continue for our future generations. Visit the URI Fine Arts Center for viewing now through March 1st and join us for the opening receptions! For more information visit the event page on the URI website here…

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Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration
Dec
1
10:00 AM10:00

Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration

Save The Date!

Join us for our annual Nikommo Celebration! We will be celebrating the winter moon with a special giveaway event. Nikommo is traditionally the celebration of giving. Receive free admission, our gift to you, when you bring a gift to donate to someone in need. We will be featuring different storytellers all day, both traditional and original work! Visit our Native Artisan Market for your holiday shopping! Join us and kick-start your holiday season with the spirit of giving!  UPDATES TO FOLLOW, STAY TUNED!

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Copy of PBS Native America Series
Nov
13
9:00 PM21:00

Copy of PBS Native America Series

Don’t forget, the PBS Native America 4 Part Series concludes tonight at 9pm. Click on the photo for direct links to PBS for more information on this series. Don’t forget to share your stories!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do?  Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do? Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

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PBS Native America Series
Oct
30
9:00 PM21:00

PBS Native America Series

Don’t forget, the PBS Native America 4 Part Series continues tonight at 9pm. Click on the photo for direct links to PBS for more information on this series. Don’t forget to share your stories!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do?  Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do? Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

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PBS Native America Series
Oct
23
9:00 PM21:00

PBS Native America Series

Don’t forget, the PBS Native America 4 Part Series begins tonight at 9pm. Click on the photo for direct links to PBS for more information on this series. Don’t forget to share your stories!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do?  Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

How do you continue your cultural knowledge and traditions? What does your community do? Upload your audio, video, photos and texts and share your stories! Click on this photo for direct link to Native Voices!

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First Peoples of Rhode Island Tour Launch Event!
Oct
20
10:00 AM10:00

First Peoples of Rhode Island Tour Launch Event!

Join us for the launch of the First Peoples of Rhode Island Rhode Tour! Developed with the Tomaquag Museum, the tour shares the broad stories and histories of Rhode Island’s Indigenous Peoples through the experiences of unique individuals. From Westerly to North Smithfield, to Providence and Bristol, stops explore both historical and contemporary stories of Native American life and heritage. At the event, Content Developer Katherine Kirakosian, PhD will talk about her experiences in curating the tour, while Tomaquag Executive Director Lorén Spears gives supporting cultural details. The Tomaquag Museum will be open to visitors who would like to dive deeper and learn more about the heritage and history of Rhode Island’s First Peoples, Saturday, October 20th from 10-12pm. Light refreshments will be provided!

Event is free with your eventbrite registration. Visit https://firstpeoplesrt.eventbrite.com/ to register now!

A joint initiative of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, and the Rhode Island Historical Society, Rhode Tour is a smartphone app and website that uses text, sound, and images to bring Rhode Island stories to the palm of your hand. Visit www.rhodetour.org to take a thematic tour sitting at your computer, or download the app for free from the Apple Store or Google Play to experience Rhode Island in a whole new way!

Thanks to the Heritage Harbor Foundation as well as the Herman H. Rose Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation for the generous support.

For questions, please contact Logan Hinderliter, Associate Director, Grants & Partnerships at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities: logan@humanities.org or (401) 273-2250.

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Cranberry Thanksgiving and Smithsonian Day Live
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Cranberry Thanksgiving and Smithsonian Day Live

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TOMAQUAG MUSEUM JOINS SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE’S 14TH ANNUAL MUSEUM DAY Free Admission on September 22, 2018 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket.  https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/tomaquag-museum/

Tomaquag Museum will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticket holders on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums. 

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum goers than ever before.

Smithsonian Museum Day will be held in conjunction with our traditional Cranberry Thanksgiving. The theme of this year’s Museum Day is “Women Making History,” honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.  Tomaquag will celebrate indigenous women during our Cranberry Thanksgiving by featuring Indigenous women throughout the day along with Museum Tours, Cultural Demonstrations, Storytelling, Native Arts Vendors, traditional foods, and our Cranberry Thanksgiving Ceremony.

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonian.com/museumday beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/museumday/search.

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/museumday

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Partner Event: Rhythm & Roots
Aug
31
to Sep 2

Partner Event: Rhythm & Roots

Tomaquag Museum is happy to partner with Rhythm & Roots again this year, Labor Day Weekend at beautiful Ninigret Park in Charlestown, Rhode Island.  We're bringing The GroovaLottos to the stage thanks to a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).  In addition, will be sponsoring the Family Stage again this year featuring storyteller with Thawn Harris and Tribal Elder Dawn Dove will do the opening ceremony of events!  Don't miss our collaborative artists' tent with several local Indigenous artists along with our own Tomaquag Museum table!  You don't want to miss out! Be sure to stop by the artists' tent to say hello!  You can purchase your tickets and learn more on the Rhythm and Roots website with the button below!

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Last Children's Hour of 2018
Aug
29
10:00 AM10:00

Last Children's Hour of 2018

We've worked up an appetite this summer! For our FINAL CHILDREN'S HOUR OF THIS YEAR, we are celebrating with some traditional foods! Learn more about the foods you see at many traditional celebrations, check out a cooking demonstration, get a taste and bring home a recipe to try! Thank you all for joining us for this year's children's hour and be sure to look for us again in 2019!  

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from the Washington Trust Company and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Children's Hour
Aug
22
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

Powwow season is here! Now through the end of August at Children's Hour, we're focusing on all things Powwow! This week we'll learn about moccasins, our traditional foot coverings. There's so many different styles of moccasins from all different tribal communities! Come learn more and learn to play the moccasin game with us!  

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am for children of all ages. Each week features a different interactive lesson. Through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and Narragansett language, museum educators focus on Indigenous New England history, culture and art.

Thank you to our sponsors from the Washington Trust Company and Rhode Island State Council for the Arts! For more information, contact us at 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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