Lorén Spears

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Lorén Spears

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Roger Williams’ 1643 book A Key into the Language of America—now on view at the John Carter Brown Library—was reissued in September by the Tomaquag Museum. The new edition supplements the original text with cultural commentary by the Narragansett tribal community as well as modern linguistic information. Beyond the local history angle, Williams’ book is significant because it was the first attempt by a European author to translate indigenous words into English. It also provides insight into the lives and culture of the people he encountered, before King Philip’s War (1675–1678) and other colonial massacres irrevocably damaged the Narragansett and other tribes who were living on this land. Lorén M. Spears, co-editor of the book and executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, will present a talk about the recently released edition.

January 18 2020


Date: January 18, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
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