Profile Type: Artist
NEFA Grant Recipient

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is an award-winning writer, poet, and cultural educator, He is a traditional storyteller, tribal drummer/dancer, actor, filmmaker, and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety and cultural and environmental awareness. Mann is the Co-director of the Ohketeau Cultural Center and Founder of the Native Youth Empowerment Foundation and former board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Trust. He served on the Review Committee for The Native American Poets Project at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

Mann has traveled worldwide to schools, colleges, powwows, and organizations sharing music, culture, and history of the Nipmuc people. He is known for his literature and traditional Nipmuc stories, which he’s shared from Ecuador to Sweden. The work is intersectional, building bridges from Native to non-Native communities helping create intentional relationships. His work connects Indigenous populations with resources and potential allies.

Mann had an active role in the PBS Native American Miniseries “We Shall Remain.” (see samples) and was the winner of the NPS 2007 Award for Interpretive Media for “Living in Two Worlds: Native American Experiences on the Boston Harbor Islands” and “First Patriots,” produced by Aaron Cadieux. He featured in X-MEN- The New Mutants released in 2020. Most recently, he was awarded a NEFA: NEW WORK NEW ENGLAND grant to write and produce a documentary film: Indigenous Voices in Photo, Film, and Story.

The film will be an Indigenous educational Docu-Film: This voyage focuses on the iconic photo of a 12-year-old Nipmuc boy named Anoki Mann. The photo would later capture the hearts of an entire nation when it became the cover photo for Larry Spotted Crow Mann’s award-winning novel, The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving. A deeper and not so pleasant story that developed in contrast was in the actions of Native American appropriation and exploitation of the same photo, including some people claiming to be Anoki’s grandfather. Anoki, now 22, will share his experience growing up as a Native American and the challenges he’s faced dealing with the photo being falsely used. The film includes many voices from the Nipmuc community about how Native appropriation and marginalization has impacted their lives.

This year Larry became a playwright. His new work, Freedom in Season, commissioned by Double Edge Theatre and scheduled for 2021/22.
As a musician, the drum, which is the heartbeat of Mother Earth, holds a special place for Mann. Along with his sons and cousins, he formed the Native American Drum Group, Quabbin Lake Singers, in 2000. They composed their first CD, Young Hearts Old Traditions, in 2004, recorded by Sharp Recording Studio®. Mann continues singing with hand drum, or water drum, style for social and spiritual occasions.

I Have Worked With

  • September 2021

    Larry Spotted Crow Mann works as a native American educational consultant, workshops, live performing and artist in residence at Bunker Hill Community College. 

  • May 2021

    Larry Spotted Crow Mann was one of the panelists of MENtally Showing Up: A dialogue On Mental Mental health and Wellness. Mental Health and Wellness is a critical issue throughout our country and on college campuses in particular. What are the challenges that prevent men from seeking support, addressing trauma, and taking steps to prioritize their own wellbeing? Community panelist explored the impacts of race, class and gender on mens’ overall wellness.This event was presented by Heart of A Man, a virtual series engaging men in dialogue on topics of identity, gender stereotypes, interpersonal violence, race, politics, and social justice.

    Mann also worked with STCC on coordinating cultural performances wich included several other native artist and curated the event. The collaboration included book readings, workshops on Indigenous history and social justice as well as live performing arts of dancing, drumming and stortytelling. 

  • August 2020

    Jacob's Pillow has engaged with Indigenous peoples and culture since its founding in 1933 and is excited to revitalize its commitment this year. Jacob's Pillow hosted a week-long landmark celebration where the campus was illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling—bringing together local Indigenous peoples with contemporary artists based in the U.S. and Canada. Related events identified below.Sandra Laronde, of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, worked with Jacob's Pillow to curate this week-long celebration, in association with Christopher K. Morgan and with support from Larry Spotted Crow Mann.


  • NEFA Grantee
  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Larry Spotted Crow
Job Title/Position: 
Writer, Co-Director Ohketeau Cultural Center, Playwright, Native American Education
Physical Address: 
Webster, MA 01570
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Traditional
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Poetry
Literary Arts - Spoken Word
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Native American Drum
Theater - Playwriting
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Native American Tribes
School Groups
Languages Available: 
Native American / Indigenous
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Community Arts
Performance / Concert / Reading
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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Affiliations and Accomplishments

Native American WordCraft Circle of Writers Award 2015 for The Mourning Road to Thanksgiving
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
I need very little technical requirements and travel with most of my props and costumes.
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I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
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