Tomaquag Museum Celebrates Strawberry Thanksgiving

When: Saturday, June 10 at 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Tomaquag Museum, 390 A Summit Road, Exeter, RI
Why: Tomaquag Museum invites the public to celebrate Strawberry Thanksgiving. Event is free with general admission $6 adults, $5 Seniors/college students, $3 children (5 & under free).

“Strawberry Thanksgiving is one of the traditional 13 Thanksgivings celebrated historically amongst the Narragansett people. We remember the Creator’s gift of the strawberry, a symbol of love and friendship,” said Silvermoon LaRose, Assistant Director.

There will be storytelling, traditional dance performances, live music, and you can even join in and learn a few traditional social dances with our many Native educators and artists.

“Each song, dance, and story has special meaning and purpose. We will share the history, culture and meaning as each performance is introduced,” said Lorén Spears, Executive Director.

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Tomaquag Museum executive director Lorén Spears celebrates Strawberry Thanksgiving

We will be featuring a number of fun and engaging activities at this year’s Strawberry Thanksgiving. Guests will be invited to make their own corn husk doll or friendship bracelets at our craft table (for a nominal fee). To promote our Indigenous Empowerment Network, we have invited Native vendors to sell their art, jewelry, prints, weaving and other items at our outdoor market as well as in our newly expanded museum Gift Shop. Guests are invited to learn about a few traditional uses of indigenous plants with Narragansett Tribal Member and conservationist Cassius Spears, Jr. We invite guests to take a self-guided tour of the museum, and interact with our educators and learn from our museum archivist during a special archival presentation. We will be holding our first ring and pin competition with prizes for the winners. We encourage the public to arrive early for our opening ceremony led by Narragansett Elder Dawn Dove at 10:30am and followed by the legend of Strawberry Thanksgiving by Paulla Jennings, nationally known storyteller, as we give thanks for the gift of the strawberry. Bring a friend and join us for this fun family gathering! To learn more, visit our website at www.tomaquagmuseum.org.