Traditional Ecological Knowledge Walk

Lorén Spears will give a guided traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) walk around Blackstone Park.  Explore Indigenous plants and discover their uses in the traditional life ways of the Narragansett People.

At Blackstone Field, across from the Narragansett Boat Club (2 River Drive, Providence, RI 02906).

Registration strongly recommended.

Lorén M. Spears, enrolled Narragansett Tribal Nation citizen and  Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, holds a Master’s in Education and received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa in 2017, from the University of Rhode Island and Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa from Roger Williams University in 2021. She is an author, artist and shares her cultural knowledge with the public through museum programs. She has contributed to a variety of publications such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England; Through Our Eyes: An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond; From Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution; and Repair: Sustainable Design Futures. Spears co-edited a new edition of A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams; and recently co-authored “As We Have Always Done: Decolonizing the Tomaquag Museum’s Collections Management Policy” published in the Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals. Under her leadership Tomaquag Museum received the Institute of Museums and Library Service’s National Medal in 2016 and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.


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