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Lessons from the Nipmuc Tribe

On Friday, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, a member of the Nipmuc tribe of central Massachusetts, taught residents of Shillman House in Framingham about his tribe.

Larry Spotted Crow Mann playing drum for Shillman House residents

On Friday, Larry Spotted Crow Mann, a member of the Nipmuc tribe of central Massachusetts, taught residents of Shillman House in Framingham about his tribe. An award-winning poet, educator, and storyteller, Mann shared stories of the tribe's history and migration. He also performed traditional songs on the drum, a sacred object in Nipmuc culture that is respected as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth” and “allows us to pray and communicate with the natural elements of the world and beyond."

Residents asked questions about traditional foods and the language Mann sang in, but it was the last question that really stuck with us: "Since the Nipmuc tribe values elders, is there any advice you can offer us as we in the audience grow older?" To see video of Mann's response, click here.