I have been searching online for anything I can find about this, but I haven t uncovered any details yet. Interesting . The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head http://www.wampanoagtribe.net/Pages/index 1 Historical Background of the Wampanoag at the above website.
Homelands Aquinnah TH.jpg (2766 bytes)The Wampanoag Nation once included all of Southeastern Massachusetts and Eastern Rhode Island, encompassing over 67 distinct tribal communities. The Wampanoag people have undergone a very difficult history after assisting pilgrims in the early 1600s. The vast majority of these tribal communities were killed in battles initiated by colonists to secure land.
Today, only six visible tribal communities remain Mashpee and Aquinnah have maintained physical and cultural presence on their ancestral homelands. Linking these tribal communities through preservation efforts is essential for survival of the many cultural arts and traditions at risk of being lost. Members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) are concerned about the loss of knowledge threatening the continuation of their culture and are moved to act on developing the Aquinnah Cultural Center as a Wampanoag cultural resource.
If you search deep enough into a website, you will find great links! Here s a start. You ve got to read the myths here: Oyate.org Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us.
http://www.oyate.org/resources/shortthanks.html 2 Deconstructing the Myths of The First Thanksgiving by Judy Dow (Abenaki) and Beverly Slapin Revised 06/12/06 The Plimoth settlers did not refer to themselves as Pilgrims. William Bradford in Mourt s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, does not even mention the Plymouth Rock The first invitation to the feast- According to oral accounts from the Wampanoag people, when the Native people nearby first heard the gunshots of the hunting colonists, they thought that the colonists were preparing for war and that Massasoit needed to be informed. When Massasoit showed up with 90 men and no women or children, it can be assumed that he was being cautious.
When he saw there was a party going on, his men then went out and brought back five deer and lots of turkeys. The meal- Both written and oral evidence show that what was actually consumed at the harvest festival in 1621 included venison (since Massasoit and his people brought five deer), wild fowl, and quite possibly nasaump dried corn pounded and boiled into a thick porridge, and pompion cooked, mashed pumpkin. On friendship- In 1637, English soldiers massacred some 700 Pequot men, women and children at Mystic Fort, burning many of them alive in their homes and shooting those who fled.
The colony of Connecticut and Massachusetts Bay Colony observed a day of thanksgiving commemorating the massacre. For many Indian people, Thanksgiving is a time of mourning, of remembering how a gift of generosity was rewarded by theft of land and seed corn, extermination of many from disease and gun, and near total destruction of many more from forced assimilation. As currently celebrated in this country, Thanksgiving is a bitter reminder of 500 years of betrayal returned for friendship.
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