Indigenous Storytellers & Cultural Educators
Thawn Sherenté Harris & Eleanor Dove Harris
(Narragansett Tribal Nation)
Storytellers & Cultural Educators Thawn & Eleanor Harris share their
Narragansett culture through traditional song, dance and legends.
Thawn & Eleanor Harris live together with their seven children adjacent to their tribal lands where they pass on the values and cultural life ways of their people. Thawn & Eleanor have shared their culture with the greater community for the past two decades, today both work as certified teachers in Rhode Island public schools. Following in the traditions of their ancestors, Thawn plays the Cedar flute and hand-drum, is a social dancer and singer, as well as a former world champion of the Eastern War Dance, while Eleanor is an Eastern Blanket dancer and former champion of the Fancy Shawl Dance. Eleanor's dancing has taken her around the world to the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and the World Folk Festival in the South of France as well as other international venues. Thawn's cultural work brought him to Tanzania, Africa as a cultural ambassador for the Narragansett Tribe. Thawn and Eleanor's storytelling credits include; the US Department of Defense, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Brown University, New England Foundation for the Arts, Providence Children's and Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museums, in addition to many New England schools, post-secondary institutions, organizations, and corporations. The Harris's are currently teaching at the Metropolitan Career and Technical Center in Newport and Providence, RI.