Pokanokets and Pilgrims presentation at Watchemoket Square Day in East Providence

East Providence Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Laura McNamara introduced Dr. David Weed at the first event of the Watchemoket Square Day in the Tockwotton Theatre. He gave a 45-minute talk about the relationship between the Pokanoket Tribe and the English Pilgrims during the 17th century that supported half a century of peace. Weed talked […]

Sowams Project presented at Heritage State Park in Fall River

Visitor Services Supervisor and Rhode Island College Adjunct Professor of Communication, Jim Lopes, (left) invited Dr. David Weed, Project Coordinator for the Sowams Heritage Area to speak at the Heritage State Park “Lunch Meets Lecture” series on October 2, 2019. Dr. Weed spoke in the Visitor’s Center auditorium for about an hour about the Project […]

Big Drum Powwow wraps up first day at Roger Williams Memorial

The Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island on September 28th and 29th, was the venue of the annual Big Drum Powwow, the culmination of the annual New England Native American Culture Week. It is hosted by Eastern Medicine Cultural LLC, in conjunction with sponsors, National Park Service and the Rhode Island State Council of the […]

Day-long “Roger Was Here” Seminar held at Smith’s Castle

A day-long seminar on the life and works of Roger Williams and the continued relevance of his ideas was held at Smith’s Castle in North Kingston, RI, on September 28, 2019. Author, Educator and Director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, Lorén Spears, offers an Indigenous blessing in word and song at the start […]

Chief Quaiapen featured during NE Native American Culture Week

The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative organized the 10th Annual New England Native American Culture Week during the last week of September 2019 which included a Drum Social, the Big Drum Powwow and a presentation on Quaiapen, a female Sachem who was killed defending her territories in King Philip’s War. Raymond Two Hawks Watson, Neesu Wushuwunoag, Pomham […]

Sowams Heritage Area Project presented at the Bristol Rotary Club

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed gave a half-hour presentation on the Sowams Heritage Area to members of the Rotary Club of Bristol, RI at the DeWolf Tavern on September 25, 2019. Click here for a 32-minute video of Dr. Weed’s presentation. Bristol Rotary Club President Marty Roussel opened the meeting and introduced Dr. […]

Steering Committee meets to review Sowams Heritage Area Projects

Founding member Helen Hersh Tjader, formerly of Barrington, joined the meeting of the Sowams Heritage Area Project Steering Committee to review both recent and upcoming activities. Rock Singewald, Rev. Charles Hartman, Helen Tjader, Carl Ferreira, Nancy Moore, Dave Norton and Project Coordinator Dave Weed met at the Barrington Public Library on September 24, 2019 to […]

Sowams Heritage Area Project becomes a Plymouth 400 organizational partner

The Sowams Heritage Area Project signed an Organizational Partner agreement with Plymouth 400, the organization planning the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony. This is a reciprocal marketing agreement that allows each to promote each others’ activities. Becoming an organizational partner will enable the Sowams Heritage Area Project to […]

Meetup Tour of Martin House and Sachem’s Knoll

The 17th Century Rhode Island  Meetup Group met at Martin House in Swansea on September 22, 2019 for a tour of the house and a stop at Sachem’s Knoll nearby. The Martin House was first built in 1728 on a foundation of previous house that predates 1700. Volunteer docents describe some of the items in […]