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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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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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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Children's Hour
Aug
15
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! Time to get moving, this week we'll learn about traditional social dances so come dance 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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Children's Hour
Aug
8
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! Have you ever been to a powwow? Well August is a good month to check one out. Want to know what to expect? This week we'll learn all about powwow traditions and share some important tips on powwow etiquette and what you should know when you visit one of these traditional celebrations!    

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
1
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 drumming! Come learn about different types of drums, how they're made and how they're used!  Learn about drum etiquette and how to respect this sacred instrument... and learn to sing with our guest drummer, Quanah LaRose, singer with TBZ of Minnesota! 

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
Jul
25
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

Powwow season is here! For the next 5 weeks of Children's Hour, we're focusing on all things Powwow! This week we'll learn about traditional regalia, different styles form different communities! Be ready because we may need a volunteer or two to help model for 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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Artist Demonstration with Nayana Glazier
Jul
21
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Demonstration with Nayana Glazier

Join us here at Tomaquag Museum on July 21st and meet indigenous artist Nayana Glazier!  Nayana Glazier, Anishinabe of Wikwemikong First Nation from Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron Ontario, is an Acrylic and Mixed Media Artist working in a modern expressionist style incorporating elements of emotional life experiences and concepts of identity into her work. Nayana attended Massachusetts College of Art for Fine Art and Photography and has exhibited her work around the world including several exhibitions spotlighting contemporary Native American Artists. Her work can me found in collections around the US. 

Nayana will be leading a demonstration on how to create your own canvases using practices that blend both traditional techniques with contemporary materials.  Join us as we learn from Nayana, view her work, ask lots of questions and even get hands-on to try your hand at these techniques.  Original works and prints will be available for sale.  

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Partner Event at the Fruitlands Museum Harvard, Mass
Jul
21
11:00 AM11:00

Partner Event at the Fruitlands Museum Harvard, Mass

Tomaquag Musuem will be visiting the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard Massachusetts for Turtle Island: An Indigenous View!
Enjoy learning about the environment from an Indigenous lens with Narragansett cultural educator, Lorén Spears. This family friendly program includes sharing of cultural belongings, music, and dance. Audience participation encouraged.  

For more information or to plan your visit, click the link!

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Children's Hour
Jul
18
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

At this week's Children's Hour, we're focusing the tradition of Basket Stamping. Decorating splint baskets with beautiful designs stamped onto the sides of the baskets is a traditional art form indigenous to the tribes of Southern New England.  Come join us as we learn more about basket making in indigenous communities and create our own stamping designs!  

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am 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
Jul
11
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

At this week's Children's Hour, we're playing HUBBUB!  Join us as we learn about this fun and boistrous traditional game! Bring your loudest voices and create your own hubbub game to bring home and play with your family!    

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am 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
Jun
27
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

At this week's Children's Hour, we're taking a nature walk so be prepared!  Remember to wear your walking shoes and don't forget the bug spray and sunscreen!  Join us as we walk the Tomaquag grounds and explore the Arcadia management area identifying indigenous plants and their traditional uses.  Don't worry if it rains, we can still explore nature indoors with our interactive nature kit!   

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am 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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Strawberry Thanksgiving at The Tomaquag Museum
Jun
23
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 led by Narragansett Elder, Dawn Dove at 10:30 am followed by the legend of Strawberry Thanksgiving by Paulla Dove Jennings, a nationally known storyteller.  Regular Museum Admission. For more information contact Tomaquag Museum at slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org or call 401-491-9063.

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Children's Hour
Jun
20
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

At this week's Children's Hour, we're focusing on the strawberry!  Hear a Narragansett story of the Strawberry, learn about the traditions of this "heart berry", and celebrate this traditional symbol of love by making friendship bracelets to share with a special friend!

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am 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
Jun
13
10:00 AM10:00

Children's Hour

At this week's Children's Hour, we're focusing on pottery!  Join us as we learn about the traditions behind pottery, their uses and designs.  Make your own pinch pot to bring home!  

Children's Hour at Tomaquag Museum is a FREE public program held every Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00am 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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Beading Workshop
May
26
2:00 PM14:00

Beading Workshop

Join Tomaquag Museum on Saturday, May  26th at 2:00 pm as we welcome Indigenous Artist Mishki Thompson.  Mishki began beading as a means of supporting her family after becoming permanently disabled.  She has continued to grow her skill, learning new styles and techniques and is now sharing these abilities with others! Join us to learn the brick stitch technique and create a pair of floral earrings. If you are unable to finish, there will be an additional class offering guidance to complete on Saturday, June 2nd at 2 pm at no additional cost! Perfect for participants ages 12 and up, the workshop is $20/per person, all materials included.  Click the link to register online now or call 401-491-9063. Questions? Email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org

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Artist Demonstration
May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Artist Demonstration

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Quaiapen P. Perry is a member of the Narragansett Tribe. A traditional blanket dancer, Quaiapen has always enjoyed attending and participating in cultural events.  Beadwork has become one of her many passions.  She began by crafting earrings of all sorts of shapes and sizes and then progressed over the years to bigger projects such as medallions, hairbows, hair ties, and other major regalia pieces. Inspired by the love of her culture and the challenge of designing different works of art, she loves seeing her beadwork throughout Indian Country. Having her art worn by others brings a sense of enjoyment and accomplishment for this indigenous artist.  

Come visit Quaiapen on May 12th as she demonstrates her art, ask questions, and purchase directly from the artist! Included wtih regular museum admission. 

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Art Workshop
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Art Workshop

Our featured artist for the month of April is Lynsea Montanari, Narragansett.  A former educator at the Tomaquag Museum, Lynsea has continued to grow as an artist exhibiting in numerous shows throughout Rhode Island.  With a passion for sharing Indigenous culture, Lynsea will be speaking about breaking down stereotypes through art. Join Tomaquag Museum on Saturday, April  28th at 2:00pm for a beginner level drawing class, with instruction on shading techniques to include cross-hatching, pointillism, and smudging.  Participants will then use these skills to complete a still life. Bring your own sketchbook and pencils or use the ones provided by us.  Workshop is $10/per person.  Visit the link below to register online or call us at 401-491-9063.  Any questions? Email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org.  

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Preservation Workshop
Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

Preservation Workshop

Preservation Week is April 22-28!

Do you have family records, photographs and other family heirlooms? 

Join us for a mini-workshop on Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30 am with the Museum's Archivist, Anthony Belz who will provide you with information on how to best preserve your own archival records for many more generations to come! Workshop included with regular museum admission. Questions? Call 401-491-9063 or email slarose@tomaquagmuseum.org

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Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Offsite Event: 2018 State Native American Art Exhibit Kick Off

Exhibiting from April 7th to June 9th at the State Capitol Complex Atrium Gallery, stop by to see the work featured in the 2018 State Native American Art Exhibit featuring a variation of work from local Indigenous Artists.  Be sure to save the date, April 19th 6:30-8:00pm, for the reception.  For more information contact Elena Calderón-Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program at RISCA or visit their website at www.arts.ri.gov.  

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Featured Exhibit: The Narragansett Indian Church
Mar
31
12:00 PM12:00

Featured Exhibit: The Narragansett Indian Church

Tomaquag Museum has created some new exhibits for 2018 in honor of our 60th Anniversary. We will be featuring our new Exhibit on the Narragansett Indian Church just in time for Easter Sunday! The exhibit features a timeline of the different Native Ministers from the church's first construction in 1746 to the present; Handwritten notes from past ministers; and other poignant historical facts and features.  Join Tomaquag's assistant director, Silvermoon LaRose for an in-depth conversation around this new exhibit, the research that went into it and the unique history of the Narragansett Indian Church and it's importance to our heritage and community.  This event is included with regular museum admission.  

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Offsite Event at the Warwick Public Library
Mar
20
7:00 PM19:00

Offsite Event at the Warwick Public Library

The Warwick Public Library's Women's History Month Program... 

Narragansett Women, presented by the Tomaquag Museum

Lorén Spears, (Narragansett), Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum will be visiting the Warwick Public Library to share about Narragansett Women, first through her matrilineal line and then expand to Narragansett women's contributions to the tribe, state, and country. She will share historical images from the Tomaquag archive while weaving the stories of these impactful women.

Event Location: Idea Studio at the Warwick Public Library

Contact Information: Mary Anne Quinn, 401-739-5440 ext. 4 maryanneqn@gmail.com

Click the link below to visit their website for more information!

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"Tag Your Own Workshop"
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

"Tag Your Own Workshop"

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Join us Saturday, March 10 at 2:00pm for a workshop with Indigenous artist Dawn Spears!  Cost per participant is $20 or $30 with the purchase of a canvas bag to design.  Register Now!

Dawn Spears, (Narragansett/Choctaw) is the Executive Director of the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA) and former Native Arts Program Manager for New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).  In 2016 NIAA was instrumental in bringing the Indigenous Fine Art Market East, (IFAM East) the first major indigenous market on the east coast to Mashantucket, CT.  Dawn is the producer for the inaugural Abbe Museum Indian Market later this spring in Bar Harbor, ME.

Dawn has worked both regionally and nationally for over 25 years on a variety of cultural initiatives including traditional arts, cultural education, powwow and dance troupe coordination, and language revitalization work. She is a 2015 RI State Council for the Arts (RISCA) Master Apprenticeship grantee and continues to use her creative expression doing freelance work, demonstrations, and custom work.  

Working in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, doll making, and wearable art, Dawn has exhibited at Native American art markets across the country including the Autry Museum of the American West, and We Are the Seeds, Santa Fe.  A wife, mother, and grandmother, Dawn believes in the power of art and expression to preserve culture and educate the world about indigenous histories, vibrance, and resilience.  

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Offsite Event: Afternoon Speaker Series at Brown
Feb
15
12:00 PM12:00

Offsite Event: Afternoon Speaker Series at Brown

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Join Tomaquag Museum on Thursday, February 15th at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage for a discussion on the Tomaquag Museum, a Vehicle for Indigenous Empowerment.  Be sure to check out all the other wonderful speakers in this incredible Spring 2018 Series!  

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