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Larry Spotted Crow Mann

Award-Winning Author, Poet, Musician and Native American Cultural Educator is a member of the Nipmuc Tribal Nation

Larry Spotted Crow Mann, is a internationally acclaimed writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer/dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness. Mann is also a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people…

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Larry Spotted Crow Mann, is a internationally acclaimed writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer/dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness.

Mann is also a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people as well an educational resource of Native American studies.

Mr. Mann is drum keeper of the Quabbin Lake Singers, a group that shares the culture and music of the Nipmuc people at schools, colleges, powwows and other events throughout the United States and Canada. He’s also appeared in movies about Native Americans, including “We Shall Remain,” produced by PBS.

Mr. Mann has been running these outreach efforts for about 17 years. He is also a writer, having recently published a book, Tales from the Whispering Bakset, which he read from at the event. The presentation was sponsored by BSU, U.S. Ethnic Studies and the English department.

At an early age, Mann developed an interest in the history of his tribe and has sought to educate the public about aspects of Nipmuc history and culture through various media, saying “I’m somebody who is dedicated to my culture and traditions, and through that I hope to bring forth the intrinsic connection we all have as human beings.

I love to learn new things and from other cultures.” Mann intends his writing and music to honor traditions and teach uninformed audiences about Nipmuc people and their history.’

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It is a rich and gripping story that is the first of its kind. This novel and speech delves into the real life, lived experiences of Native American People and their complex world ,within and without. The story is centered around one of the most perplexing celebrations for Native Americans: Thanksgiving.  A Native American Man. Haunted by his childhood, and furious about the treatment of his people since the landing of Mayflower: Sets off on an unforgettable quest to heal himself and Indian people everywhere. He decides he can accomplish both by putting an End to America’s beloved Thanksgiving—Forever.  A heart wrenching , daring and sometimes humorous journey  that goes far beyond a litany of hardship and loss and will reveal the healing spirit within all of humankind. This ground breaking  tale artfully dismantles the accepted story of Thanksgiving while taking us on an unforgettable  journey of redemption, unity and forgiveness.  The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving  will inspire you and reveal the endless possibilities when we open our hearts.

“After writing this narrative I realized the power and potential this story carries to not only share the account of Native Americans; but also open the door to a new dialogue and understanding of cultural diversity like never before.  That is why I’m so excited to share this story across the country and beyond! I think it’s imperative this book is in our school system, grade nine to college level.  It is as entertaining as it is educational.  It is a book for our generation and takes us bravely forward to new possibilities.” – Larry Spotted Crow Mann

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