Tomaquag to host intertribal indigenous cultural celebration

Tomaquag to host intertribal indigenous cultural celebration



EXETER — Hawaiian Native singer and ukulele performer Guy Kahokulani Imoto will help the Tomaquag Museum celebrate its 60th anniversary on Sept. 6, at an event designed to support indigenous cultural tourism in Rhode Island.

The show will incorporate indigenous drumming, dance performances, musical performances, and a small artist market along with an intertribal dance troupe and traditional drum group; The Harris Family of cultural performers; and the multi-Grammy nominated soul-funk-blues band, The GroovaLottos.

Several awards will also be presented to people who have made valuable contributions to the Tomaquag community. Kenny Merrick Jr. will be posthumously awarded Tomaquag’s Princess Red Wing Award; Sen. Louis DiPalma will receive The Ellison “Tarzan” Brown Champion Award and Eleanor Dove will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Museum Executive Director Loren M. Spears said, “Our goal is to establish an indigenous cultural event that will continue to grow annually, build a following, increase cultural tourism in Rhode Island and create new opportunities for indigenous artists, educators and performers in our region.”

“Tomaquag Museum is focused on becoming a sustainable hub for the creation of indigenous tourism that brings to light the vibrancy of our people, culture and art in Rhode Island and throughout New England,” Spears added.

The museum, a Native-led nonprofit museum, is Rhode Island’s only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of indigenous peoples from a first-person perspective. Established in 1958, Tomaquag serves as a cultural bridge between the past, present and future as well as a facilitator between the indigenous communities and the diverse world.

Tomaquag Museum is a recipient of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For more information visit tomaquagmuseum.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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