Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
DEBORAH SPEARS MOOREHEAD

I am a Native American Wampanoag Visual and Performing Artist, Traditional Story Teller,  Traditional Dancer,  and Author.  I also own a tourism company called Turtle Island Native American Tours.  We offer guided  tours by Native Americans to historic Native American sites of purpose and memory. 

 I descend from many Eastern Woodland Tribal Nations, however my most prominent matrilineal line is Pokanoket Wampoanoag.  I descend from  the great  Supreme Sachems Massasoit,  of the Pokanoket  Wampanoag Tribal Nation  who met and befriended the Pilgrims almost 400 years ago,  and Sassacus of the Pequot Tribal Nation. I also descend from John Sasamon a historic Native American interpreter.  

 My art is specifically painting of Eastern Woodlands and  Native Americans who still live in traditional ways.  My oil paintings, prints and greeting cards assert the existence of the East Coast Woodland Native Americans past, present and future. I am inspired by Creation Stories and stories of rersistance and fortitude.  All my paintings have a back storiy.  I am also the author of the book  Finding Balance, which is the oral  and written history and geneaology of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wamapnaog Tribal Nation. It tells of  the history of the making of the United States in a Wampanoag perspective.  It tells of how my people survived a genocide sinced European contact in1620. 

My singing group Nettukkusqk is a all Native American women's Traditional Eastern Woodland singing and performance group. We also write and perform contemporary Native American music.

Contact Information

First Name: 
DEBORAH SPEARS
Job Title/Position: 
Artist Owner Consultant
Physical Address: 
Hope Valley, RI 02832
Last Name: 
MOOREHEAD
Phone: 
401-301-3691

I am a Native American Artist

Native Heritage Designation: 
Native American
Tribal Status: 
State Recognized
Tribe Name: 
Assonet Band of the Wampanoag Nation

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - Traditional
Theater - General
Theater - Playwriting
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
1992
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Native American / Indigenous
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Design Services
Exhibitions
Film Preproduction / Production / Editing Services
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
12
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region
National
International