Join us for the Episode Seven of our Plymouth 400 CONVERSATIONS series on PACTV (Plymouth Area Community Television)! The program will air on April 29th and May 6th at 7:30PM on Comcast channel 13 and Verizon channel 43 in the towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, Kingston, and Pembroke. After the program airs, you can view the episode here.
Our guests for Episode 7 are Steven Peters and Robert Peters.
Steven Peters is responsible for the development of historical exhibits, content and interactive attractions that challenge historical myths. His work can be seen on Newbury Street in Boston, the Box Museum in Plymouth England and the Pilgrim Hall Museum and Provincetown Museum in Massachusetts. In addition, he provided the creative direction for the traveling exhibit “Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, an exhibit that has been featured in Time Magazine, New York Times, BBC Radio and many other national and international publications for its ability to correct historical inaccuracies.
Steven holds a B.S. in marketing and communications from Bridgewater State University and is a graduate from the Community Leadership Institute.
Robert Peters is a Mashpee Wampanoag artist, writer and poet. He is the artist/author of “Thirteen Moons,” a 2020 calendar featuring thirteen acrylic paintings accompanied by poetry, essays and thoughts – written over a span of twenty years. “Thirteen Moons” was created to promote understanding and healing among indigenous people everywhere.
In 2009, Robert published his first book “Da Goodie Monsta”, an illustrated children’s book based on a dream his son had when he was three years old. The story depicts a monster that is part lion, part bird and part dragon wearing roller skates. “Da Goodie Monsta” chases away nightmares.
Robert is a fire keeper and organized the Annual Wampanoag Medicine Fire from 2001 to 2010. The Medicine Fire traveled between different Native communities. It was hosted in Mashpee, Assonet, Hassanainsett (Nipmuck Nation) and Boston (North American Indian Center Of Boston).
Robert was the director of the “Menz Wetu Project.” This project consisted of five instructors and 23 Mashpee Wampanoag tribal youth who constructed a 32’ foot longhouse on their reservation in Mashpee. The longhouse is still in use.
Today Robert continues writing, painting, and working with people. He is a fire keeper and a keeper of oral traditions. He is currently working with the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse and Services developing Native youth drug prevention booklets and curriculum. To date two booklets are in use, “Coming Home” and “Stories and Poems For Eastern Native Families.