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Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve

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From Film Maker Marc Levitt...

Dear Friends,
 

The South County Premier of my film, Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve will be held at the Courthouse Center for the Arts at 7pm on November 19th (Thursday). There is no cost and you will no doubt recognize some of those who are interviewed and some of the musicians in the film as well. For more info, please check out our Facebook site: Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve
 

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About The Film:

Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve is a 57-minute documentary film about a small piece of seemingly ordinary land located on the southern coast of Rhode Island. In the 1980s, archaeologists, working for a local developer, unearthed the remains of New England's only undisturbed Pre-Contact Period (1100-1400 AD) Native American coastal village. Used for dirt biking and adjacent to a suburban housing development and shopping center, this land, on a pond where the Narragansett Tribe located their origin story, became the center of an almost thirty year battle between the rights of property ownership and the social and cultural importance of preserving one of the most important archaeological sites on the East Coast of the United States. 

Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve is the story of this site and of the stories that emerged from it; how the remains of a centuries old village managed to survive 'untouched' in a highly-built section of the Rhode Island coast, the unlikely alliance between the State of Rhode Island and the Narragansett Tribe (whose relationship has been difficult at best) to save the site from development; the archaeologists, whose tenacity and expertise revealed startling evidence of a large number of dwellings, storage pits and implements of daily life and lastly, the parallels between the resiliency of the site and the resiliency of the Narragansett people who have and continue to successfully fight four hundred years of colonialism. Woven in Time is a story of 'place', and how land and spirit are interwoven and how uncovering this village could lead to a shared stewardship for this beautiful and bountiful territory of marshes, ponds, ocean and forests. Woven in Time is a lyrical, thoughtful and beautifully realized exploration of what it means to be 'from' somewhere, a film of extraordinary beauty, poetry and of the harsh relational reality of, yet in this matter, the ultimate cooperation between, the State of Rhode Island and the Narragansett Tribe. For Woven in Time, Marc Levitt spent almost two years interviewing over sixty archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and individuals from many other professions whose backgrounds were both Narragansett and non-Narragansett.