2nd Annual Pokanoket Heritage Day celebrated in Warren, RI

The Pokanoket Tribe celebrated their second annual Pokanoket Heritage Day at Burr’s Hill Park in Warren, RI on a hot and windy August 7, 2022. Above, Sagamore William “Winds of Thunder” Guy talks with people at one of the many display tables. Click here for a 13-minute video of the event. Click here for photos and video of last year’s event.

(Above) Drummers and singers at the Heartbeat of the Pokanoket Drum begin the festivities witnessed by an estimated crowd of 200 people who visited throughout the four-hour event.

(Above) Isaiah “Sleeping Turtle” Johnson (center) plays some songs on a flute before Rainbow Heart, Dancing Star, and Runs Strong perform a traditional blanket dance.

(Above) Sachem Harry “Hawk” Edmonds and Tribal Elder Lee “Brave Heart” encourages women to join in a round dance where all woman were called to stand in unity in honor of missing and murdered Indigenous woman (MMIW). Darlene “Mourning Star” Spencer then sings a closing song.