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

  • February 2020

    Larry Spotted Crow  Mann shared the podium with one of the most revered traditional Tribal Elders of the Cañari People of Ecuador, Julio Morquecho.
    “What an extraordinary experience it has been. It was truly an honor to listen, learn and share the podium with Julio Morquecho.  I want to thank all the staff at the Catholic University of Cuenca; and especially Augusto Cabrera and Elisa Fuller for putting all the right contacts in place to make this happen. Special thanks to all the people of Cuenca, Ecuador who came out learn about the Indigenous People of the North East USA. We had a full house.! The dialogue was robust, engaging and has set the stage for future collaboration.” - Mann

  • July 2019

    Performance presented by the Framingham History Center's Summertime on the Common series. Mann shared Nipmuc stories and songs, and led the intergenerational audience in a traditional dance. 

  • January 2013

    The Massachusetts Departement of Public Health Community Board works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse and Native American teens. This work includes outreach, curriculum development and teaching cultural appropriate pedagogy to meet the needs of Native teens. 


  • 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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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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