Hope’s Harvest RI is a fiscal sponsee of Farm Fresh RI, and we are proud to share about their critical work in the community — and this upcoming film screening and panel discussion with local Indigenous food leaders!
As part of our ongoing commitment to local food sovereignty, Hope’s Harvest RI is honored to partner with Rhode Island’s only museum centered on the indigenous peoples of our area, the Tomaquag Museum, located in Exeter RI, to share and discuss “Gather,” one of the season’s most talked-about documentaries.
A New York Times Critic’s Pick, “Gather” takes an intimate look at Native Americans across the United States reclaiming cultural, political, and spiritual identities through the food sovereignty movement. Join us for a screening and discussion panel with local indigenous educators and leaders to discuss the film and how people are fighting for food sovereignty in our own communities. REGISTER NOW
As an Indigenous cultural education center, the Tomaquag Museum creates experiences and promotes thoughtful dialog to transform and broaden people’s perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of Indigenous cultures. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to learn and engage in a conversation about food justice in our community and across the nation.
When can I see the film?
Any time you want between October 27 at 6 pm and October 29 at 6pm. After registering, you will receive a custom link to view the film at your convenience.
When is the panel?
Hope’s Harvest RI and the Tomaquag Museum will host an invitation-only panel via Zoom on October 29 from 6-8pm. After registering, you will also receive a custom link to the panel discussion.
Is it free?
We suggest a donation of $10-50. 100% of proceeds will go to the Tomaquag Museum to support their programming.
DONATE HERE and enter “HHRI Gather” in the “add special instructions to the seller” section when making your donation.
On the Panel
Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett, Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, holds a Master’s in Education and received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the University of Rhode Island for her dedicated work. She is an author, traditional artist, and shares her cultural knowledge with the public through museum programs.
Dawn Spears, Narragansett/Choctaw, Director of Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA), works to support the Native American artist population regionally by sharing resources and artist opportunities, addressing artist needs, and seeking ways to increase Native artist visibility in the northeast. Dawn has been teaching and demonstrating for over 25 years in many forms of art and still works creatively when time allows, exhibiting and selling at local galleries and markets.
Cassius Champlin Spears Sr., President of Rhode Island Association Conservation District (RIACD,) has dedicated his life to the preservation of Narragansett culture throughout New England and the world. Spears remains active in the practice of ethnobotany, traditional home building, and has demonstrated eastern woodlands culture at powwows, museums, college campuses, and film sets across North America. Spears’ passion for healthy traditional lifeways led to the establishment of the Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative.