Join us on June 9th at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 6:30 p.m. for "I am Not Your Mascot" - a presentation by Lorén Spears(Narragansett), Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum.
She will explore the history, negative impacts, myths, and misconceptions around "Indian" mascots, logos, and team names. The talk will include the nationwide actions, legal, legislative & grassroots. Why change the name? We will discuss the "RedSk*ns" and other professional sports teams.
About Mrs. Spears:
Lorén Spears, Narragansett, has a wonderful family that includes her husband and three children. She is involved in her tribal community and has served as a Tribunal Judge, on Tribal Council, led the Youth Council and established a Youth Art Show.
Mrs. Spears graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education. Lorén received her Masters in Education from the University of New England. She spent 14 years teaching underserved youth in Rhode Island public schools. Lorén was the founder of Nuweetooun School and taught for seven years empowering Native youth. She recently served as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island teaching a Native literature course.
As Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, Lorén shares with the public the traditional knowledge passed down to her from her Elders including traditional cooking, beadwork, language, basketry, weaving, traditional dance, music and oral history.