San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join us on October 29th, 2016, for the Tomaquag Museum annual Honoring celebration! This year we celebrate 5 individuals for their contributions to Indigenous communities and unwavering support of our museum.
This event honors:
The Eva Butler Scholar Award will be given to Robert for his commitment to telling a full history by speaking to tribal community members to enhance his historical research from primary source documents and recognizing that the People are a primary source. In his latest book, he has partnered with Tomaquag Museum and the Native community to tell a full story of those that served during the Revolutionary War.
The Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to Jim Frasier who is being honored for his lifetime of work advocating for resources for Tribal Communities across many federal programs including the US Department of Labor and the Federal Regional Task Force for Indian Affairs. Jim was a lead activist in establishing the National Day of Mourning.
The Eleanor Dove Entrepreneur Award will be given to Sherry Pocknett for her entrepreneurial spirit and share Indigenous foodways through her catering across the east coast at food festivals, cultural bazaars, and powwows. Her culinary expertise is highlighted at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun and the Tony Bennett Studios of New York.
United States Senator Sheldon Whitehouse:
The Ellison “Tarzan” Brown Champion Award will be given to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse who is being honored for championing Tomaquag Museum over the last ten years since he became a United States Senator. The highlight of his advocacy being his nomination of Tomaquag Museum for the Institute of Museum and Library Service National Medal.
The Princess Redwing Arts & Culture Award will be given to Annawon Weeden for being a culture bearer by sharing his traditional skills across North America through acting, art, music, dance, and education. Particularly through his engagement with the Smithsonian Institute, Harvard University, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, PBS, and the History and Discovery Channels.
Our event includes a dinner, cultural performances, our honoring ceremony, and an auction with beautiful handmade art, books, and other wonderful items.
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Tomaquag Musuem is Rhode Islands only museum entirely dedicated to telling the story of the state’s Indigenous Peoples. It was established by Eva Butler an anthropologist with the guidance of the late Princess Red Wing (Narragansett/ Wampanoag). Since the early 70’s, Tomaquag is also the only Rhode Island museum operated by Native people. It originated in Tomaquag Valley, a hamlet inside the village of Ashaway in the town of Hopkinton, RI.
Today, it continues to be an institution of learning for researchers, college students, and general public at large. All support for our museum goes directly into the development of educational programs, staff, and the curation and care of our exhibt collections.
By supporting this and other Tomaquag Museum events, you are helping further our mission to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth. Support also goes towards our future planning for a new museum site and location which will allow us to serve more people, and expand our exhibit space.