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Last chance to see “Reading Love Medicine

by on October 21, 2013

“Reading Love Medicine: Beads, Bark, and Books from Ojibwe Country” closes Thursday, October 24 — so you have a few more days to visit the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Library on the Brown University campus to see it. If you are not a Brown id-holder, please be prepared to show some form of identification for entry.

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“Reading Love Medicine” supports the 2013-2014 Big Read in Rhode Island, a set of programs dedicated to Louise Erdrich’s novel Love Medicine. The exhibit focuses on stories that can be told about objects from Ojibwe country. Drawing on objects from the collection of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, including beaded bandolier bags and birch bark baskets, the exhibition highlights the role that objects play in establishing and maintaining identity and relationships over time and across space. It foregrounds connections between tribes across the woodland regions of North America, and between American Indian and non-Indian communities. The exhibit is curated by Jennifer Stampe, Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at Brown University (and Haffenreffer blog editor). It is informed by her research with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota.

The Big Read is hosted by the Tomaquag Museum, a Native-operated museum that tells the stories of Rhode Island’s Indigenous peoples. Sponsors include Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, its Third World Center, Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown, and Native Americans at Brown.

Join us at the next Big Read event, on Friday October 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, when Loren Spears, Director of the Tomaquag Museum, speaks at the Providence Athenaeum. Her topic is “Native Arts: Healing Communities”; she will address themes such as family, community, historical trauma, and intergenerational trauma. She will reflect on how Native communities are addressing these issues today by using traditional arts to build a vibrant future.

And stay tuned for more information about a Round Table Discussion of Love Medicine to be scheduled for November and hosted by Native Americans at Brown. Hope you can join us!

For more information on Big Read events, see

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