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Nov 29

Native America Season 2 Screening and Panel

Join Rhode Island PBS on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. in celebrating the second season of "Native America," produced by the Rhode Island production company Providence Pictures. Discover how Native heroes are using every tool to recover, revitalize, and restore their linguistic traditions with a screening of the series' fourth episode, "Language is Life," followed by a panel discussion. The event will also feature light bites and a live performance by the Eastern Medicine Singers.

The event is free to attend and will take place in the Robert J. Higgins Welcome Center's Hope Room on the URI campus.


6:00 p.m. - Doors open, light bites and refreshments available for guests

6:20 p.m. - Performance by the Eastern Medicine Singers

6:30 p.m. - Welcomes

6:37 p.m. - Screener begins

7:35 p.m. - Screener ends, panel discussion begins

8:30 p.m. - Event ends

Event Host

Pamela Watts (she/her); Rhode Island PBS Weekly Co-host and Reporter

Event Panel (In alphabetical order)

Dawn Dove (she/her); Narragansett/Niantic Elder; Author and Editor

Dawn is mother to two daughters and grandmother to 10 grandchildren. Dawn is a published author and editor: Through Our Eyes, An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond, edited by Dawn and Holly Ewald, and most recently co-editor of A Key into the Language of America: The Tomaquag Museum Edition. Dawn is a Cultural educator and Traditional knowledge keeper. Dawn’s life work is dedicated to the continuation of the culture, language, and traditions of her people. 

Gary Glassman (he/him); Native America Executive Producer

Gary is a seasoned veteran of the entertainment industry with nearly four decades of experience. His inclusive storytelling approach is born of a unique entry point into the film industry – through the world of street and circus performing. This quest for connection inspired him to explore the accessibility of VHS as a medium to democratize storytelling and a journey of participatory media projects, working with prisoners, hospitalized children, and developmentally challenged adults. Films from this era include Prisoners, his first documentary, now in the permanent collections of MoMA and the Pompidou in Paris. Inspired by the connective and personal power of television, Glassman founded Providence Pictures in 1996. Under the Providence Pictures banner, he has made over 60 films for the world's leading broadcasters and honored with the industry's most prestigious awards.

Daniel Golding (he/him); Quechan; Native America Series Producer/Director

Daniel is a traditional singer and is involved in master-apprentice language revitalization. He graduated in 2000 Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, receiving a BA in Film Production and a minor in American Indian Studies. He founded Hokan Media LLC in 1997 as a means to produce social issue documentary and narrative films and teach hands-on digital filmmaking to at-risk youth. He participated in the prestigious WGBH-Boston Producers Workshop in 2010. His award-winning films have screened both nationally on PBS and internationally and have been supported by CPB and Vision Maker Media.

Sherenté Harris (he/she/they); Narragansett; Brown-RISD Dual Degree Graduate

Sherenté Mishitashin Harris uses image, dance, song, and story to remind their neighbors, near and far, of their history and commitments to Wamee Kuwamuneetonk Nutonksuog (All Our Beloved Relations). Born Niantic Narragansett and a citizen of the Narragansett Tribal Nation, Sherenté’s efforts oppose Indigenous invisibility. Sherenté is a renowned advocate for the Twospirit (LGBT Native) community after their battle for acceptance in the Powwow circuit was recorded in the documentary “Being Thunder”. For this work, Sherenté was named a 2019 LGBT History Month Icon. Sherenté has walked in NYFW, has been featured in news sources including the NYT, NBC, Yahoo!, and NPR, is a 2018 Presidential Scholar, was a 2019 Tedx Speaker, was admitted into the 2022 cohort at Yale Norfolk School of Art, and is a graduate from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude) and Rhode Island School of Design (with Honors) through their 5-year Dual Degree Program. Sherenté is currently enrolled in the American Studies PhD program at Brown University and is publishing their first book.

Lorén M. Spears (she/her); Narragansett; Tomaquag Museum Executive Director

Lorén M. Spears, enrolled Narragansett Tribal Nation citizen and Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, holds a Master’s in Education and received a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa in 2017, from the University of Rhode Island and Doctor of Education, Honoris Causa from Roger Williams University in 2021. She is an author, artist and shares her cultural knowledge with the public through museum programs. She has contributed to a variety of publications such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New EnglandThrough Our Eyes: An Indigenous View of Mashapaug PondFrom Slaves to Soldiers: The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution; and Repair: Sustainable Design Futures. Spears co-edited a new edition of A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams; and recently co-authored “As We Have Always Done: Decolonizing the Tomaquag Museum’s Collections Management Policy" published in the Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archive Professionals. Under her leadership, Tomaquag Museum received the Institute of Museums and Library Service's National Medal in 2016 and she has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

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Nov 29, 2023 06:00pm - Nov 29, 2023 08:30pm