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Tomaquag Museum's VIRTUAL Literature and Culture Author Conversation Series

  • Dates: 2/24/2021, 3/24/2021, 5/5/2021
  • Location: Tomaquag Museum
  • 390 A Summit Road
  • Exeter, RI 02822
  • Tomaquag's Literature and Culture Author Conversation series is a virtual public discussion with authors, reflecting on indigenous life, history, literature, health and wellness, and representation. Each session will explore what inspired them to write, their literary interests, techniques and passions, and what they hope will be the impact of their writing. Jan 27: Dr. Melissa Michal will discuss her book, Living on the Borderlines . Michal’s collection of short stories cultivate a dialogue around intergenerational trauma through the experiences of her female characters. Feb 24: Siobhan Senier will discuss her book, Sovereignty and Sustainability: Indigenous Literary Stewardship in New England . Senier provides a thorough history of the transition for spoken to literary word in the Native communities of the Northeast and tells of how written communication impacts indigenous communities today. March 24: Discussion with the author of Beyond Conquest: Native Peoples and the Struggle for History in New England , Amy E. Den Ouden. Paying special attention to complex cultural and political facets of indigenous resistance to 18th century southern New England, Den Ouden restructures the framework for Native land rights and our histories. May 5: Discussion with Patricia Rubertone as we discuss her book, Native Providence: Memory, Community, & Survivance in the Northeast . Rubertone challenges the myth that cities, like Providence, don't have Indigenous people, history or presence. Through extensive archival research, community conversations, and reflection on the urban landscape, she gives an account of Indigenous survivance and impacts of settler colonialism through the stories of the lives of intersecting tribal people.