EXETER — Tomaquag Museum, a native-led nonprofit museum, and Rhode Island’s only museum dedicated entirely to telling the story of indigenous peoples from a first-person perspective, will be holding a series of workshops this spring led by the museum’s executive director, Lorén Spears, a traditional artist and cultural educator who has taught traditional arts for more than 30 years.
Spears said the workshops are being held in an effort to bring traditional indigenous arts to the public.
The workshop schedule includes "Basic Quill Earrings" on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon; "Basket Making," four sessions on Tuesdays, beginning July 9 through July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.; "Indian Corn Earrings" on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and "Beaded Ornaments" on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.
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.
The museum was awarded a National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2016, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
Its mission is to provide public education through its collection, lectures, arts and educator workshops, tours, and offsite programs regarding native history, culture, arts, current events and environmental issues.
The museum is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit tomaquagmuseum.org.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro