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Cranston Public Library to Hold Screening of Local Documentary "Woven In Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve"
On Sunday, December 6, the Cranston Public Library will hold a screening of Woven In Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve at the Central Library. Beginning at 2:00 PM, filmmaker Marc Levitt will discuss the production of the film.
Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve is a 57-minute documentary film about a small piece of seemingly ordinary land on the southern coast of Rhode Island. In the 1980s, archaeologists, working for a local developer, unearthed the remains of New England's only undisturbed Pre-Contact Period (1100-1400 AD) Native American coastal village. This land, on a pond where the Narragansett Tribe located their origin story, became the center of a nearly 30-year battle between the rights of property ownership and the social and cultural importance of preserving one of the most important archaeological sites on the East Coast.
Woven in Time: The Narragansett Salt Pond Preserve explores the stories that emerged from the site; stories of the unlikely alliance between the State of Rhode Island and the Narragansett Tribe to save the site from development; stories of the archaeologists, whose tenacity and expertise revealed startling evidence; and the story of the parallel between the resiliency of the site and the resiliency of the Narragansett people.
For the making of Woven in Time, Marc Levitt spent almost two years interviewing more than 60 archaeologists, anthropologists, historians and others of both Narragansett and non-Narragansett backgrounds. The documentary features drone photography and music drawn from Rhode Island, national and international sources, as well as a continuing theme by the well-known avant-garde composer, Moondog.
Marc Levitt is a filmmaker whose first film, Stories in Stone, about the stonewall building tradition of the Narragansett, has aired on PBS stations around the United States and at San Francisco's American Indian Film Festival. Levitt is a globally-traveled storyteller and the author of the Corwin Press book Putting Everyday Life on the Page. Additionally, Mr. Levitt is the host and co-producer of the national public radio show Action Speaks, Underappreciated Dates that Changed America. He has produced and created musical narratives and audio pieces based on revealing site-specific stories such as triple decker tenements; the RISD Museum; Narragansett Beach; the Blackstone Valley; and Rhode Island's rivers, watersheds and farms.
(release from Cranston Public Library)