Tomaquag Museum to celebrate Narragansett Tribe’s thanksgiving on Saturday

  A birch bark canoe made by distant relatives in her family hangs above Lorén Spears,     director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter.

A birch bark canoe made by distant relatives in her family hangs above Lorén Spears,

director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter.

BY G. WAYNE MILLER

gwmiller@providencejournal.com

EXETER, R.I. — The Tomaquag Museum on Saturday will celebrate Nikommo, one of the Narragansett Tribe’s 13 traditional thanksgivings. The Winter Moon Celebration will include music, a ceremony, and an open house at the museum, dedicated to the preservation and study of indigenous cultures.

Admission is free with  a bagged gift “for someone in need,” according to Loren Spears,  executive director of the museum. Recipients will include individuals and families identified by the tribe’s social services department.

The celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the museum, 390 A Summit Rd., Exeter. At 1 p.m., authors including Spears will speak and sign copies of “Dawnland Voices,” an anthology of stories by Indigenous writers from around New England.

The event is sponsored, in part, by Amica insurance and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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