Award-Winning Author, Playwright, Musician, Cultural Educator, Storyteller & Citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts
Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a multi-talented Indigenous artist with a career that spans over three decades. In 2021, Mann was the first recipient of the Indigenous Peoples Award from the NAACP in Massachusetts for his lifetime commitment to social justice and sharing the culture and music of his Tribe. Read More >
Novel Ideas with Larry Spotted Crow Mann
An award-winning author and storyteller, Larry Spotted Crow Mann has dedicated his life to Native American sovereignty and preserving the independence and history of Indigenous identity. The art of Native American storytelling has been passed down for thousands of years, from generation to generation, helping to preserve the traditions and ideals of Indigenous communities around the world. Sharing stories from his internationally acclaimed debut book Tales from the Whispering Basket and other literature and collections, Mann’s oracle depiction of the Nipmuc people teaches us lessons of love, courage, kindness, respect, humility, truth and wisdom. By connecting these stories with today’s most talked about and debated issues, Mann helps audiences bridge the gap between the history of Indigenous people and the role that Indigenous communities play in our current world. Mann hopes that by sharing these stories and the rich history of his people, we can come together as one and start eradicating the diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility barriers marginalized communities and BIPOC people face.
Since the landing of the Mayflower, alcohol has taken a horrible toll on Indigenous communities. Generation after generation has suffered from its grip. In a 2008 report from the CDC, 11.7 percent of deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives between 2001 and 2005 were alcohol-related, compared with 3.3 percent for the U.S.A. as a whole. Teen suicide, birth defects, break up of families, violence in the home and community and high incarceration rates are all common. Read More >
So, how do you stop the trajectory of alcohol and drug abuse? In this talk, Award-winning Author and Cultural Educator Larry Spotted Crow Mann offers additional alternatives to traditional treatments. Read Less ^
One of the most epic and important accomplishments of Larry Spotted Crow Mann’s career is when he opened up the first-ever all-run-and-operated Indigenous cultural center. The Ohketeau Cultural Center is the first and only one to ever be in all of Central and Western Massachusetts. The center is changing the lives in dynamic ways of all the Native American people in the region. From education, culture, theatre, art and social services, the center aims to share, uplift and provide opportunities for Native people of all ages. In this talk by Mann, you will learn about the center, the work and how you can get involved to support this life-changing endeavor.
During the Civil War, the Nipmuc people sent nearly one-third of their men to serve in the Union Army. Even though Native Americans were not considered U.S. citizens, they fought for freedom, nonetheless. In this talk, Award-winning Author and Storyteller, Larry Spotted Crow Mann shares their story based on his play, “Freedom in Season.” No less than 36 of these men were relatives of Mann, including two of his grandfathers. While they were away, many of these men had their land taken and children sent to White homes and farms as servants. You’ll learn this incredible yet heartbreaking story and how we were never taught the great sacrifice and contributions of these Native people.
In many ways, storytelling and drumming are intrinsically connected. They both tell us a story that harnesses all our senses and helps us imagine alternate possibilities through our creative process. They are at once healing and teaching. Join Award-winning Author and Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann for a journey into this creative space and see where it leads.
Many times, we hear the term Native American history. But what is just as important is the living presence — the people of today. In this talk, Award-winning Author and Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann discusses the current issues of Nipmuc people — from the Land Back movement to removing mascots and the education and food sovereignty programs that are giving agency back to the community.
When it comes to health inequities, nearly no group of people have suffered more than American Indians and Alaska Natives. They continue to die at higher rates than other Americans in many categories, including chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, diabetes, unintentional injuries, assault/homicide, intentional self-harm/suicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases. In this talk, Award-winning Author and Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann identifies the root causes and how we can all help Indigenous people receive better medical care and the long run better health.
Award-winning Author and Storyteller Larry Spotted Crow Mann, author of Drumming & Dreaming, The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving (2015 Native American WordCraft Circle of Honors winner), and the internationally acclaimed Tales from the Whispering Basket, identifies his process for writing and poetry and shares some of his methods that have been successful through the years.
"Larry was compelling, informative, thoughtful and spoke a lot of truth to power to many that needed the conversation. His speech left some members in the crowd emotional, which in our eyes meant he touched people and allowed them to challenge the paradigms that restrain us from progress when it comes to Native American issues in the Us. His poetry was also exceptionally moving and powerful that added many artistic elements the crowd enjoyed. We would most certainly love to have him back in the future."
"Thank you! It was a pleasure working with you and the team at APB. I am truly appreciative of the help with the adjustment in the scheduling. It made for a great day and Larry's presence and message was valued and well received. Again, thank you for being available and a true pleasure to work with."
"Educator, Community Leader and Activist Larry Spotted Crow Mann was one of the most profound and thoughtful speakers we've had providing both reflective and analytical frameworks for teaching our community members about Indigenous histories and cultures in Western Massachusetts."
"I have heard many good things about Larry's presentation. Everyone said they learned so much and it was very interesting. People enjoyed listening to him speak about Native American culture, especially because he is from this area."
"Everything went great. Larry was wonderful to hear from. He brought a great diversity of knowledge, and my students enjoyed meeting him. Larry shared personal stories and also brought his expertise from the many projects and initiatives he has worked on. He was very approachable and a great resource for my students. We especially appreciated the music and stories he shared."
"He was wonderful!! He really shared a lot of great things and our audience had some good questions. We look forward to a continued partnership with you!"
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