Roger Williams University class explores the Native American experience and the history of Sowams

Roger Williams University Professor Rev. Dr. Charles Hartman teaches a class on Challenges of Democracy in which he covers early Native American life in Rhode Island. On September 22, 2020, Dr. Hartman invited Tina G. Perry to describe her experiences growing up with a Narragansett Indian background and Dr. David Weed, Coordinator of the Sowams Heritage Area Project, to talk about 17th century Rhode Island.


(Above) Tina G. Perry relates her experiences as a multi-racial young woman growing up in Rhode Island and end by displaying some of the regalia of her great grandmother. Click here for a 20-minute video of her presentation.


(Above and below) Dr. Weed takes students through a brief history of the Sowams Heritage Area, largely consisting of East Bay Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts. Click here for a 30-minute video of his presentation.


Dr. Weed covers some of the major cultural differences between the Pokanoket Tribe of the Massasoit Ousamequin that eventually led to the outbreak of the King Philip War in 1675.