Roger Williams’s A Key into the Language of America, first published in 1643, is one of the most important artifacts of early Indigenous American culture. In it, Williams recorded the day-to-day experience of the Narragansett people of Rhode Island in their own words, the first documentation of an American Indian language in English. Williams’s Key can be read at many levels because of its historical, literary, political, and religious significance. Its greatest value, though, is its intimate portrait of the Narragansett and their linguistic neighbors in the early years of European colonial settlement, before disease, dislocation, warfare—in particular, King Philip’s War—and colonial interference had diminished their population and power in the region. An extraordinary achievement, A Key into the Language of America gives us a contemporary account of Narragansett family life, of their sociability and skill in business, their dress, foodways, and the farming, fishing, and hunting that formed the basis of their sustenance practices.
Books will be available for signing and sale.
This Tomaquag Museum edition includes for the first time cultural commentary provided by the Narragansett tribal community as well as modern linguistic information provided by a leading authority in the study of American Indian languages.
The Tomaquag Museum, located in Exeter, Rhode Island, is an Indigenous nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the culture, arts, and history of the Narragansett and other tribal communities of southern New England.
Lorén M. Spears, MSEd, Narragansett, is the executive director of the Tomaquag Museum, and an artist, author, and cultural educator.
Stonington resident Dorothy Herman Papp is one of the book’s editors.
Come join us as local author Ken Keeley discusses his book Norwich “It’s Where Our Story Begins”. When you think Norwich of Norwich + history Ken’s name is sure to pop up!
About the Author
Ken Keeley was born in Norwich, CT, the son of a Norwich Police Detective of the same name. Educated in the Norwich school system, he graduated from NFA in 1967. He attended Thames Valley State Technical Institute in Norwich. He worked for the Norwich Bulletin from 1970 – 1982, before starting his own graphic design and commercial printing company, Franklin Impressions Inc. in 1983. The company owned and operated out of the former Laurel Hill School until 2003.
To date he has published eleven books and is finishing his newest book, “The History of the Norwich Police Department.
Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Grab a copy of the book here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/637592214/norwich-connecticut-its-where-our-story