Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Breaking Apart The Thanksgiving Myth

Date: Friday, 11/20    Time: 2:00pm  FREE EVENT

The long held conventions we associate with Thanksgiving are beloved traditions, particularly in New England, but with them comes an adherence to erroneous, antiquated, and even offensive beliefs about the origins of this holiday. In this presentation, we explore how you can still enjoy your turkey while being historically accurate and culturally sensitive.

Loren Spears is not only the executive director of Tomaquag Museum, she is also an educator, activist, author, and Indigenous artist. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1989 and master’s degree from the University of New England with a focus on elementary education. She founded the Nuweetooun School affiliated with the Tomaquag Museum (closed in 2010 due to flooding) and was a teacher in Newport public schools for 12 years. A 2017 winner of the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, she was honored for her “compelling work as an advocate of Indigenous People’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education.” In 2010, Spears was named as one of 11 Extraordinary Women honorees for teaching and education.

We Still Live Here Screening and Interview with Director

Date:  Monday, 11/16   Time:  1:00pm   FREE EVENT

WE STILL LIVE HERE (Âs Nutayuneân) … tells a remarkable story of cultural revival by the Wampanoag of Southeastern Massachusetts. Their ancestors ensured the survival of the Pilgrims in New England, and lived to regret it. Now they are saying loud and clear in their Native tongue, Âs Nutayuneân—We Still Live Here. You will receive a link to screen the film prior to November 16. Join us on November 16 for an interview with the film’s director Anne Makepeace.

Anne Makepeace has been a writer, producer, and director of award-winning independent films for more three decades. Her new film, Tribal Justice, premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in February 2017 and screened at many festivals across the country, winning Best Documentary prizes at the American Indian Film Festival and the Charlotte Film Festival, the Rigoberta-Menchú Grand Prix at the Montréal First People’s Film Festival, the Directing Award at Cinetopia. Tribal Justice received support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vision Maker Media, CPB, California Humanities, and private foundations. The film was broadcast on the acclaimed PBS documentary series, POV, in August 2017, and is distributed to the educational market by Bullfrog Films. Her recent documentary, We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân, about the return of the Wampanoag language, had its broadcast premiere on the PBS series Independent Lens in November 2011. The film has won many awards, including the Full Frame Inspiration Award and the Moving Mountains Award at Telluride MountainFilm for the film most likely to effect important social change. The $3000 MountainFilm prize went directly to the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project, enabling them to launch their first-ever language immersion camp for children. We Still Live Here was funded by ITVS, the Sundance Documentary Fund, the LEF Foundation, and the National Science Foundation, among others. Makepeace was able to complete the film with fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Other recent films by Anne Makepeace include: I. M. PEI: Building China Modern (PBS broadcast on American Masters in 2010) and her Emmy nominated feature documentary Rain in a Dry Land (lead show on PBS P.O.V. 2007), which chronicles the journey and resettlement of two Somali Bantu refugee families from Africa through their first two years in America. Makepeace won a National Prime Time Emmy for her American Masters/PBS documentary Robert Capa in Love and War, which premiered at Sundance in 2003. Coming to Light, her documentary about Edward S. Curtis, also premiered at Sundance, was short-listed for an Academy Award in 2000, broadcast on American Masters in 2001, and won many prizes, including the O’Connor Award for Best Film from the American Historical Association, an Award of Excellence from the American Anthropological Association, a Gold Hugo from Chicago, Best Documentary at Telluride, and many others. Her first documentary, Baby It’s You, premiered at Sundance, was broadcast as the lead show on P.O.V. in 1998, and screened at the Whitney Biennial 2000.

Makers Sessions

Are you a senior who likes to make things with your hands?  We encourage you to spend some time on activities that heighten the connection between your hands and your brain, both to rediscover skills or find new hobbies. With so many options it’s hard to find a starting place, so we are offering the first of a series of “Makers Package” that will help you get started. 

Maker Session – Autumnal Votive Mason Jar- Meet Your Maker

(Caitlyn Guerrera, Maker/Presenter)

Date:  Friday, 11/13    Time: 1:00 pm 

$5 for members/$10 for non-members – all are welcome

Decorate a mason jar with fall embellishments to celebrate the crispness of fall! Perfect as a centerpiece, mantle display, or gift. Everything you will need to create 2 works of art can be picked up (by appointment) at the Edward King House prior to November 13. On November 13 at 1pm you can demonstrate your work or ask questions at our Meet Your Maker Zoom event.  Registration is required for this project whether you choose to participate in the live Zoom event or not.

Maker Session –Holiday Wrap Bracelet- Meet Your Maker  (Mary Anne Coen, Maker/Presenter)

Date:  Friday, 11/20    Time: 1:00 PM $5 for members/$10 for non-members – all are welcome

Create two simple and elegant wrap bracelets for the winter season. Everything you will need to create 2 works of art can be picked up (by appointment) at the Edward King House prior to November 20. If you need jewelry pliers, they will also be sold at the Edward King Hosue. On November 20 at 1pm you can demonstrate your work or ask questions at our Meet Your Maker Zoom event. Registration is required for this project whether you choose to participate in the live Zoom event or not.

URI College of Pharmacy Session

The program is committed to responding to the medication needs of the Rhode Island Community, resulting in improved medication adherence, quality of life and healthcare outcome for all residents. To meet these goals  individualized medication therapy management and educational presentations are provided to any interested group in the Rhode Island community.

URI: Men’s Health

Date:  Friday, 11/13   Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm   FREE EVENT

Benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer and erectile dysfunction are all common in aging men. Learn about prevention, early detection and treatment in the management of these disorders as well as what every man needs to know about living a healthy life.

Dancing Anyone?

Salsa with Jose

Date: Wednesday, 11/18  Time: 7:00pm   FREE EVENT

Zoom and groove with Jose as he teaches you a sampling of Cuban style Salsa techniques. No partner or experience required.

Jose Losada trained at The National Ballet School of Cuba, before beginning his professional career at The National Ballet of Cuba in 2005. He was promoted to the rank of coryphée in 2006, and later that year to first soloist with the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2009 Jose was promoted to principal dancer and has danced the majority of the repertoire of the Cuban Ballet. Jose has also traveled extensively as a guest artist, performing with Les Grands Ballets de la Martiniquais, South Africa Cape Town Company, Hamilton City Ballet, Macedonian National Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and currently works as a freelance in New York. Jose joined Island Moving Company in October 2018.


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