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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.


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Indigenous Enslavement In The Atlantic World


Please join us for a talk and book signing with Associate Professor of History at Brown University, Linford Fisher. Dr. Fisher specializes in the cultural and religious history of colonian America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. 
A book signing will follow the talk, books available for purchase. Visit the Tomaquag Website for more details.

Also, visit the museum from 10-2 to see Indigenous Empowerment Guest Artist Yolanda Smith! Yolanda specializes in traditional artforms incorporating indigenous materials like sweetgrass, birchbark and porcupine quills. She will perform a live demonstration, will be available to answer questions and will be showcasing her beautiful art for purchase. Get a start on your holiday shopping!

This special event is free with regular museum admission. $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for students (with ID) and seniors, $3.00 for children 18 and under. Children 5 and under are free. Visit our link to Eventbrite to reserve your seat at no charge and pay at the door when you arrive. Preference will be given to those who have reserved in advance.

Linford Fisher Bio:

Linford Fisher is an associate professor of history professor at Brown University who specializes in the cultural and religious history of colonial America and the Atlantic world, including Native Americans, religion, material culture, and Indian and African slavery and servitude. He is the author or co-author of two books, including The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Native Cultures in Early America (2012) and over a dozen articles and book chapters, and he is currently writing a book on the history of Native American and African enslavement in the English Atlantic world. 

Linford Fisher's Publications:  

Linford D. Fisher The Indian Great Awakening: Religion and the Shaping of Indian Cultures in Early America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 

Linford D. Fisher, J. Stanley Lemons, and Lucas Mason-Brown. Decoding Roger Williams: The Lost Essay of Rhode Island's Founding Father. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014.

Yolanda Smith Bio:

Yolanda Smith is an active Native artist of Rhode Island. She has been an active student and artisan of North Eastern Quillwork and Beadwork for the past 4-8 years, and is currently studying ceramics at CCRI. What led Yolanda to become involved in learning Native art forms was, as a child, watching her mother religiously create contemporary and traditional Native art, and, while learning at her side, observing how that body of work touched people’s lives throughout the Native community. 

It wasn't until her late 20s that Yolanda began learning in depth the techniques of beading and quill work appliqué. In expressing herself & exploring in the making of Traditional & Contemporary art forms, and with practice and time in mastering these techniques, a very unique style and voice developed through her body of work.

Over the past 6 years her work has been sold, demonstrated and exhibited at numerous Native cultural events throughout New England. In 2014, she was the featured artist of the Warwick Museum’s “Love Medicine” exhibit, and has been showcasing her work in RISCA’s annual Native and cultural exhibitions in the Atrium Gallery since 2013.

Earlier Event: November 7
An Evening with Gaspar Sánchez
Later Event: November 21
Nikommo Winter Moon Celebration!!