Fish Passage Community Parade at Blackstone Valley National Historical Park

Led by the Narragansett Indian Tribe and the Hassanamisco Band of Nipmuc, a group is working to create a stronger voice for the Blackstone River, or Kittacuck. This community event brought diverse partners together to learn about and show their support for the need to create a fish passage over the lower four dams in Rhode Island and to bring back migratory fish such as the herring. Click here for a 20-minute video of the event held on May 21, 2023 at the Blackstone River Valley National Historic Park in Pawtucket, RI.

The program was led by Narragansett Elder Hiawatha Brown and included (left to right) Pawtucket Mayor Don Grevian, Taino Tribe representative Dr. Darlene Flores, Blackstone River Watershed Council President John Marsland, and Narragansett Tribal Historian Nancy Brown-Garcia.

Hiawatha Brown leads one of the tribal dances while Jeffrey Peygram and Connor drum. Later, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal representative Hartman Deetz addresses the group.

The event included representatives of community groups and offered face painting before the final friendship dance and a parade through downtown Pawtucket.