Big Read Events
THE BIG READ - Events 2013-14, Hosted by Tomaquag Museum

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September 19, 2013 - NEA Big Read Kick Off Event


6:30pm-8:30pm | URI Multicultural Center, Room 101

The Big Read Kick Off will launch a 10 month extravaganza of events promoting Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, is a modern classic. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” The Kick off will include performances by Narragansett/Niantic Storyteller Paulla Dove Jennings; traditional music Thawn Harris, Narragansett; Eastern Woodland flute by Narragansett youth, and introduction to the Big Read by a few of our many partners. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. Washington Trust Company is the Big Read Kick-Off Sponsor. The event is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

September 27, 2013- Oct. 24,2013 - Haffenreffer Exhibit, Reading Love Medicine: Beads, Bark, and Books from Ojibwe Country



Join us in reading Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine for the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, hosted in 2013-2014 in Rhode Island by the Tomaquag Museum. This exhibit focuses on stories that can be told about objects from Ojibwe country, such as beaded bandolier bags and birch bark baskets, from the collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University. It highlights the role that objects play in establishing and maintaining identity and relationships over time and across space, foregrounding connections among tribes across the woodland regions of North America, and between American Indian and non-Indian communities. Brown University, Rockefeller Library, Tripp Room - 10 Prospect St., Providence, RI

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October 1,2013 - Lecture- College: Native Style


2-3:15pm | URI Multicultural Center (MCC) Diversity Week, MCC Room 005

Tomaquag Museum leads a lecture during the NEA Big Read, which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Tomaquag Museum’s Director, Lorén Spears, Narragansett/Niantic, will lead a lecture College: Native Style, which looks at historical trauma, use of education to ‘de-Indianize’ us, the staggering statistics today of the “Native Children Left Behind”, and what is happening across Indian Country today to combat these issues in education. Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine” themes intersect the post-colonial education of Indigenous people. The event is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063

October 7,2013 - Artistic Response Program


4:30-6:30 | Rhode Island College Unity Center

Tomaquag Museum in partnership Bring Books to Life Student Organization as part of 9th annual Diversity Week will create art reflection pieces as part of the NEA Big Read which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will lead an art experience in which participates will connect to the themes of family, passion, cultural identity and the ways tradition connect us. Participants will express their thoughts and ideas through collage art. The event is free and open to the public. Event located at RIC Unity Center, 600 Mt Pleasant Ave, Providence. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

October 16,2013 - Round Table Discussion


6:30-8pm | North Kingstown Free Library

Tomaquag Museum in Partnership with North Kingstown Free Library will host a Round Table Discussion with Indigenous educators, elders, and activists to discuss the themes of Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” The Round Table Discussion of this modern classic will be moderated by Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, oral historian, author and educator. The panelists are Dr. Maria Lawrence, Ramapaugh, RI College professor of education; Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, educator, artist, and author; Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk, professor at Brown; Paulla Jennings, Niantic/Narragansett Elder and oral historian. These Indigenous representatives will share their perspectives on the themes of this book and how they connect to their communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The event is free and open to the public, held at North Kingstown Free Library located at 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

October 22,2013 - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


6pm | RI Indian Council, - (open to American Indian community only)

October 23,2013 - Cultural Arts Performances


12pm-2pm | Amica Insurance- (not open to public)

October 24, 2013 - Round Table Discussion


7-8:30pm | Warwick Public Library

Tomaquag Museum in Partnership with Warwick Public Library will host a Round Table Discussion, with Indigenous educators, elders, and activists to discuss the themes of Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” The Round Table Discussion of this modern classic will be moderated by Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, oral historian, author and educator. The panelists are Dr. Maria Lawrence, Ramapaugh, RI College professor of education; Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, educator, artist, and author; Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk, professor at Brown; Paulla Jennings, Niantic/Narragansett Elder and oral historian. These Indigenous representatives will share their perspectives on the themes of this book and how they connect to their communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The event is free and open to the public, held at Warwick Public Library located at 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

October 25, 2013 - Native Arts: Healing Communities


5pm-7pm | Providence Athenaeum

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with and held at the Providence Athenaeum, will host the salon Native Arts: Healing Communities. Tomaquag Museum’s Director, Lorén Spears, Narragansett/Niantic, will lead a salon, Native Arts: Healing Communities, Spears will connect audience to themes in Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” such as historical trauma, intergenerational trauma, family and community. She will reflect on how Native communities are addressing these issues today to build a vibrant future through the use of traditional arts. Event held at 251 Benefit Street, free and open to public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

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November 8, 2013 - Gifts of Mother Earth: An Indigenous Perspective


7pm, | Ninigret Wildlife Refuge at Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with and held at Ninigret Wildlife Refuge at Kettle Pond Visitor’s Center 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, presents lecture Gifts of Mother Earth: An Indigenous Perspective as part of the NEA Big Read which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Tomaquag Museum’s Director, Lorén Spears, Narragansett/Niantic, will lead a lecture reflecting on the relationship Indigenous people have with the gifts of the land. She will connect to Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” and compare the ecosystem in the story to the ecosystem of the Narragansett/Niantic. The event is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

November 12, 2013 (Tentative) - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


Emmanuel College, Book Club

November 18/25 - Artistic Response Project w/eighth graders


4:30-6pm | Emmanuel College

November 19, 2013 - "Love Medicine" Round Table


5:30pm | Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, The Underground, Brown University 75 Waterman Street, Providence

Tomaquag Museum will lead a Round Table discussion with Indigenous educators, elders, and activists to discuss the themes of Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”. The Round Table will be moderated by Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, oral historian, author and educator. The panelists are Dr. Maria Lawrence, Ramapaugh, RI College professor of education… Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, educator, artist, and author Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk, professor at Brown. Tall Oak Weeden, Wampanoag/Pequot Elder, historian. These Indigenous representatives will share their perspectives on the themes of this book and how they connect to their communities. Followed by a reception at the Haffenreffer Museum.

November 21, 2013 - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


5:30pm | North Kingstown Free Library

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with North Kingstown Free Library will host a Book Talk. Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, has just been named a modern classic. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” In the book talk we will discuss themes in the book, led by Tomaquag Museum’s director and educator Lorén Spears. As a Naragansett/Niantic, she will share an Indigenous perspective in the discussion of this book’s weaving historic and familial trauma with hope and renewal. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. Amica Mutual Insurance Company is the Big Read Book Talk Sponsor. Held at North Kingstown Free Library located at 100 Boone Street, North Kingstown. The event is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

*****************************DECEMBER*****************************

December 3, 2013 (Tentative) - Book Talk & Class
Emmanuel College, Book Club

*****************************JANUARY*****************************

January 11, 2014 - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


2-3:30pm | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center will host a Book Talk. Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, has just been named a modern classic. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” In the book talk we will discuss themes in the book, led by Tomaquag Museum’s director and educator Lorén Spears. As a Narragansett/Niantic, she will share an Indigenous perspective in the discussion of this book’s weaving historic and familial trauma with hope and renewal. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. Amica Mutual Insurance Company is the Big Read Book Talk Sponsor. Event at Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center,110 Pequot trail, Mashantucket, CT.

January 18, 2014 (Snow Date) - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


2-3:30pm | Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

January 11, 2014/March 1, 2014 - Eastern Woodland Art Exhibit


Warwick Museum of Art

Warwick Museum of Art in partnership with Tomaquag Museum hosts an Eastern Woodland Art Exhibit at 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI. Join us in celebrating through American Indian art, Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine for the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, hosted in 2013-2014 in Rhode Island by the Tomaquag Museum. Free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

January 22, 2014 - Exhibit Reception


6-8pm | Warwick Museum of Art

Exhibit Reception in partnership with Tomaquag Museum host of the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Meet local Eastern Woodland Native artists during reception at 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI, which is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

January 24, 2014 - Artistic Response Program


2pm | Island Free Library, Block Island

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with Island Free Library will host an Artistic Response Program at Island Free Library on Block Island as part of the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will lead an art experience in which participates will connect to the themes of family, passion, cultural identity and the ways tradition connect us. Participants will express their thoughts and ideas through collage art. The program is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

January 24, 2014 - "Love Medicine" Book Talk


5-7pm | Island Free Library, Block Island

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with and held at Island Free Library, Block Island will host a Book Talk. Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, has just been named a modern classic. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” In the book talk we will discuss themes in the book, led by Tomaquag Museum’s director and educator Lorén Spears. As a Narragansett/Niantic, she will share an Indigenous perspective in the discussion of this book’s weaving historic and familial trauma with hope and renewal. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. Amica Mutual Insurance Company is the Big Read Book Talk Sponsor.

January 25, 2014 - Round Table Discussion


1pm | Island Free Library, Block Island

Tomaquag Museum in Partnership with and held at Island Free Library will host a Round Table Discussion. The Round Table discussion will include Indigenous and other educators to discuss the themes of Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” The Round Table Discussion of this modern classic will be moderated by Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, oral historian, author and educator. This discussion will share their various perspectives on the themes of this book and how they connect to Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. This event is free and open to the public.

January 25, 2014 - Cultural Arts Performance


5:30-6:30pm | Island Free Library, Block Island

Tomaquag Museum in Partnership with and held at Island Free Library will host a Cultural Arts Performance as part of the Big Read which is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will share her culture through music, dance, and storytelling. She will weave into the themes from Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” of family, community, cultural identity and traditional life in the modern world. There will be audience participation, Q & A, and is great for families. This program is free and open to the public.

February 2014 - March 1, 2014 - Eastern Woodland Art Exhibit


Warwick Museum of Art

Month of February through Saturday, March 1, 2014 Warwick Museum of Art in partnership with Tomaquag Museum hosts an Eastern Woodland Art Exhibit at 3259 Post Road, Warwick, RI. Join us in celebrating, through American Indian art, Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine for the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, hosted in 2013-2014 by the Tomaquag Museum. Free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063

March 6, 2014 - Book Talk


1pm | Cross Mills Library, Charlestown RI

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with Cross Mills Library will host a Book Talk located at 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI. Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine”, has just been named a modern classic. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” In the book talk we will discuss themes in the book, led by Tomaquag Museum’s director and educator Lorén Spears. As a Narragansett/Niantic, she will share an Indigenous perspective in the discussion of this book’s weaving historic and familial trauma with hope and renewal. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. Amica Mutual Insurance Company is the Big Read Book Talk Sponsor. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

March 8, 2014 - "Meet the Author" John C Hopkins


1-3pm | Tomaquag Museum, Exeter RI

Tomaquag Museum will host Narragansett columnist and author of several books, John Christian Hopkins, who will do a book talk about his book, “Carlomagno: The Pirate Prince” at 390A Summit Road, Exeter. The author will share his insights, perspective and inspiration for writing and will sign books. Books will be available for purchase. Native authors like Louise Erdrich and John Christian Hopkins weave historical facts into their fiction. Their characters are strong and triumph despite life's hardships. This will be the first in a series of authors visiting Tomaquag Museum as part of the Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063

March 25, 2014 - Cultural Arts Performance


7pm | Warwick Public Library, Warwick RI

Tomaquag Museum partners with Warwick Public Library located at 600 Sandy Lane, Warwick to provide a Cultural Arts Performance. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will share her culture through music, dance, and storytelling. She will weave the themes from Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” of family, community, cultural identity, and traditional life in the modern world. Event is open to public. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

April 10, 2014 - Round Table Discussion


7pm | Cross Mills Library, Charlestown RI

Tomaquag Museum partners with Cross Mills Public Library located at 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI to host a Round Table Discussion with Indigenous educators, elders, and activists to discuss the themes of Louise Erdrich’s, “Love Medicine”. “An eclectic range of comic and tragic voices narrate this powerful book about the enduring power of love. Erdrich leads the reader through the interwoven lives of generations of Kashpaws and Lamartines in North Dakota.” The Round Table Discussion of this modern classic will be moderated by Dawn Dove, Narragansett elder, oral historian, author and educator. The panelists are Dr. Maria Lawrence, Ramapaugh, RI College professor of education; Lorén Spears, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, educator, artist, and author; Dr. Elizabeth Hoover, Mohawk, professor at Brown; Paulla Jennings, Niantic/Narragansett Elder and oral historian. These Indigenous representatives will share their perspectives on the themes of this book and how they connect to their communities. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The event is free and open to the public. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

April 12, 2014 - "Meet the Author" Dawn Dove


1-3pm | Tomaquag Museum, Exeter RI

Tomaquag Museum will host Narragansett author Dawn Dove, co-editor and co-author of Tomaquag Museum’s own book, Through Our Eyes: An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond, located at 390A Summit Rd, Exeter, RI. The author will share her insights, perspective and inspiration for the creation of this book, the history of the Native Presence at Mashapaug Pond and the ecological impact. She will sign books and books will be available for purchase. This will be the second in a series of authors visiting Tomaquag Museum as part of the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063

April 25, 2014 - Cultural Arts Performance & Artistic Response Program


12-5pm | Roger Williams National Memorial

Tomaquag Museum in partnership with Roger Williams National Memorial will host a Cultural Arts Performance, Artistic Response Program and additional youth activities including Native games, cultural items to explore, and the animation, How Birds Got Their Song, to view. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will share her culture through music, dance, and storytelling. She will weave the themes from Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” of family, community, cultural identity, and traditional life in the modern world. Reflecting on the themes from the book, Love Medicine, she will engage participants in creating a piece of collage art to reflect on how the themes connect to their life, families, and communities. Event is free and open to the public. Located 284 N Main St, Providence. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

May 8, 2014 - Cultural Arts Performance


7pm | Cross Mills Library, Charlestown RI

Tomaquag Museum partners with Cross Mills Public Library located at 4417 Old Post Rd, Charlestown, RI to provide a Cultural Arts Performance. Tomaquag Museum’s Director and Narragansett/Niantic traditional artist, Lorén Spears will share her culture through music, dance, and storytelling. She will weave the themes from Louise Erdrich’s “Love Medicine” of family, community, cultural identity, and traditional life in the modern world. Event is open to public. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and hosted by Tomaquag Museum. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.

May 10, 2014 - "Meet the Author" Padma Venkatraman


1-3pm | Tomaquag Museum, Exeter RI

Tomaquag Museum will host author Padma Venkatraman who will do a book talk about her book, “Island’s End” at 390 Summit Road, Exeter. “From the acclaimed author of Climbing the Stairs comes a fascinating story set on a remote island untouched by time. Drawing on firsthand experience from her travels to the Andaman Islands, Padma Venkatraman was inspired to write this story after meeting natives who survived the 2004 tsunami and have been able to preserve their unique way of life.” After, she will do book signing. Book will be available for purchase. This will be the third in a series of authors visiting Tomaquag Museum as part of the Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information www.tomaquagmuseum.com or 401-491-9063.