Rhode Tour is a free mobile application and website that features several historically and humanities-themed tours and stories from around the state using multi-media such as photographs and videos.  Rhode Tour has assembled a tour titled First Peoples of Rhode Island as a way of exploring the tribal societies and cultures that existed prior to European settlement.  The tour has stops that focus on Metacomet and Tarzan Brown, as well as other figures and locations of interest.

Narragansett Dawn was a periodical edited by Princess Red Wing and Ernest Hazard from 1935 to 1936. It is archived electronically at URI here. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/sc_pubs/5/

PBS Learning Media has a series of videos for students in grades K-5: Native Voices: Tomaquag Museum, Native Voices: Wampum, and Native Voices: Social Issues

Tomaquag Museum’s Assistant Director, Silvermoon LaRose wrote an article about the 13 Thanksgivings.

The Tomaquag Museum also has an Educational Resources page with videos, interviews, podcasts, and more.

You can learn more about the Narragansett Indian Nation at their website http://narragansettindiannation.org/

This article provides more information on and photographs of Tarzan Brown, the marathoner from the Narragansett tribe.

To read more about Giovanni da Varrazzano’s interactions with the Narragansett people, his reaction to their culture, and the consequences of his encounter, read this article.

For more on the ways in which the Narragansett tribe members responded to various raids in their villages during King Philip’s War and where the survivors fled, visit this webpage.

To see why this scholar ranked Metacomet as one of the top five greatest Rhode Islanders of all time, read here.

Learn about the Narragansett Food Sovereignty Initiative here. http://www.narragansettfoodsovereignty.org/

See the Newport Historical Society’s online exhibit Finding Native Americans in the Historical Record here

See a talk by National Park Service Ranger John McNiff that he gave to the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Museum of Work and Culture about King Philip’s War.


Relevant Articles from Rhode Island History Journal

Wood, Timothy L.  “Worlds apart:  Puritan Perceptions of the Native Americans during the Pequot War.”  Rhode Island Historical Journal 56, no. 3 (August 1998):  63-76.

LaFantaise, Glenn W.  “Murder of an Indian, 1638.”  Rhode Island History Journal 38 no. 3 (August 1979):  67-78.

Campbell, Paul R. and Glenn W. LaFantaise.  “Scattered to the Winds of Heaven—Narragansett Indians 1676-1880.”  Rhode Island History Journal 37 no. 3 (August 1978):  67-84.

Sehr, Timothy J.  “Ninigret’s Tactics of Accommodation—Indian Diplomacy in New England 1637-1675.”  Rhode Island History Journal 36 no. 2 (May 1977):  35-42.

Sainsbury, John A.  “Miantonomo’s Death and New England Politics 1630-1645.”  Rhode Island History Journal 30 no. 4 (November 1971):  111-124.


Suggested Field Trips and Locations of Note

The Tomaquag Museum offers an in-depth look at the culture, history, and arts of the Indigenous people in Rhode Island and has a variety of on-site and outreach programs.