Roger Williams University dedicates a room to the Pokanoket Tribe

The main room (pictured on the left) at the Richard L. Bready Sailing and Education Center at Roger Williams University was rededicated to the Pokanoket Tribe in a ceremony held on November 13, 2021 that featured a blessing by Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug and presentation by Sachem Po Pummukaonk Annogqs. Click here for a 38-minute video of the event. Click here for a six-minute segment of Dancing Star’s remarks.

Herbert “Shining Star” Tilson opens the event with a blessing in the Pokanoket language followed by a song of thanksgiving before Provost Margaret Everett welcomes everyone to the ceremony.

Dr. Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (William Guy) brings his greetings before former RWU Professor of Anthropology Dr. Jeremy Campbell and Associate Professor of History Dr. Charlotte Carrington-Farmer deliver their remarks.

Sachem Po Pummukaonk Annogqs “Dancing Star” concludes the presentation with a statement about the survival of the Pokanoket Tribe who have been on RWU lands for the past 10,000 years. Everyone was then invited to a buffet lunch prepared by the campus food service Bon Appétit