From Plymouth Rock to Standing Rock

Meet One Native... each one of us is native in origin, each one of us goes back to a time of Ancient Elders. Each one of us is One Native.

Meet Robert John Cook, descendant of three men who met at Plymouth Rock four hundred years ago, a time of Ancient Elders. Meet Iyanough, the 'Famous Indian' honored with a seat at the First Thanksgiving. Meet William Brewster, leader of the Pilgrim social movement and Episcopalian Church.  Meet Stephen Hopkins, friend of William Shakespeare as featured in his play 'The Tempest'.

Robert John Cook is standing on his forefather's shoulders with the empowerment of the people by connecting them with the wisdom of Ancient Elders' teachings to Awaken and care for Self and Environment by providing opportunity and community for self-reliance for the next seven generations to come.

Robert John Cook is offering all of us a shared hand to improve our streets, our culture, our senses and our lives. His ancestors arrived here four hundred years ago searching for a particular salvation—and Robert has presented now a program which will shine a light.”
— Maxwell Taylor Kennedy

Robert John Cook, Author of the book Optimistic Vibe is a prolific Artist, talented Musician, and accomplished Author, born in 1956 on the coast of Rhode Island.  His portfolio varies.

Robert John Cook

  • Relationships are spiritual in nature
  • Connected to Spirit
  • Very spiritual
  • Looks younger than age
  • Alot of energy
  • Very interesting
  • Calm outlook
  • Truth Seeker
  • Sentimental about his past
  • Invents things
  • Teaches in an uplifting way
  • Unmatched intelligence
  • Natural Visionary
  • Intuitive
  • Creative
  • Multi-dimensional
  • Gets along well with everyone
  • Inspires others
  • Magnetic
  • Set in his ways
  • Self-sufficient
  • Tremendous amount of excitement about future


In addition to writing Optimistic Vibe, Robert has is currently at work on his new novel 'In The Blink Of An Eye', and researched his family tree – branches reaching from Original Nation to County Galway, Ireland- and wrote a book titled, PRIDE.


Robert John Cook uses palette knife, brush and oil paint to create landscapes and seascapes, layering  color to create texture and depth-and an ever evolving painting- inviting the viewer to explore his work and discover using their own interpretations what they see. His technique captures the ever changing moods of nature.

Since childhood Robert has pursued his passion for art through photography, sketching, painting with watercolor and oil paints. During his young adult years he traveled to Santa Fe to study painting and sculpture of renowned artist Michael Andryc at his studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1981 and returned to study with Andryc in 1994 and 2001. The beauty of the dessert and the vibrant colors of New Mexico influence many of his paintings. Robert attended college at The University of New Orleans and lived in the city for many years before returning to New England and settling in New Hampshire.  While he lived in southern New Hampshire Robert worked as an Engineer in Europe- Switzerland, England, Italy and Germany- visiting museums and painting in the same spots where his favorite painters created their masterpieces- Van Gogh, Seurat….

Influenced, circa 2004, Robert’s work in painting, pottery and sculpture advanced, he curated the largest attended show in Cape Museum of Art history, “The Salon Refuses”. Passion for organizing emerged. In 2009 Robert has also used his art to assist veterans returning home with his weekly television program Welcome Home, the start of would later become Music For The People based on the Big Island of Hawai'i.


I have been practicing daily meditation with my guitar for more than 40 years. I never had a music lesson, I believe music is unteachable because it is spiritual not mechanical.
— Robert John Cook

Robert enjoys playing his Martin Guitar, writing songs and performing.  He singer/songwriter for years, with hundreds of songs. His style as a song writer is live, recorded, and online.

Cultural Advocate

Robert’s creative outlets include Culture. The One Native Project is his conduit to his Ancient Elders, Iyanough, Brewster, and Hopkins.

It is from Iyanough that Robert centers his spiritual balance. It is from William Brewster that Robert centers his leadership capabilities. And it is from Stephen Hopkins that Robert centers his free-spirited nature.

I have lived a life of adventure and fulfilled most of wanted to complete. Looking back over life; I would follow my heart before my mind by putting more energy into following Great Spirit than I would put into fighting fear.
— Robert John Cook

What they say...


Robert John Cook exudes creative energy. Whether painting, making music or pitching an idea, the South Yarmouth artist seems perpetually on the verge of creating something new.” Cape Cod Times

"Your ideas are brilliant" Senator Dan Wolf

“Robert John Cook, a creative renaissance man in his own right as a painter, musician, sculptor and writer, college trained engineer and former General Electric employee(and while he doesn't admit it, philosopher) has fashioned a broad outline in his weekly television show Barnstable Patriot

“I want to applaud the efforts of Robert John Cook and all of the veterans’ organizations and artists’ groups who are participating in this new and exciting initiative.” US Congressman William Delahunt

“With unsold work hanging on the walls of his Cape Cod gallery, Mayflower Studio in Yarmouth… With the Dow diving, nobody seemed willing to slap down a thousand dollars for one of Robert John Cook color-splashed landscape. But instead of wallowing, the artist took action. He slashed his prices in half and suddenly, buyers emerged. One woman bought a half dozen of his oil paintings in a recent show.” Boston Globe

“If creative juices are an elixir for downhearted or physically compromised veterans, then artist Robert John Cook wants to share a bowl with them.” Barnstable Patriot

“It’s amazing. it’s too f***ing awesome. thanks again so much- it’s too cool to see one of my photos come to life. thanks again sooo much.”  Bil Lane -Jackson Browne’s Recording Engineer