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The First Inhabitants of what is now Southeastern Massachusetts were and still are the Wampanoag

Our Native Americans of Southeastern Massachusetts program introduces the people who were first here in New England and who still live here today. Sometimes with all the hustle bustle of life we forget that the land that we live on today originally was inhabited by Native people. We see traces of Massachusetts Native past everyday, yet we often do not recognize it. Place names such as Massachusetts, Acushnet, Mount Hope, Shawmet and dozens of names of lakes, ponds and rivers remind us of the Wampanoag, the people of the east, who first lived here. Many people also do not realize that these people are still here today.

We will discuss the Native history and names within your town, the seasonal cycle of a typical 17th century Native family- what they ate, what their jobs were and what they did for fun as well as who the people were that were living here when the Pilgrims landed. Through the use of sandbox or paper bag digs children are also introduced to archaeology and how it can be used to help everyone learn about the Native past. Participants will handle authentic and reproduction Native artifacts such as arrowheads, arrows, atl-atls, pottery and toys. In our two-hour program, children make their own copies of Native pots, learn words in the Wampanoag language and as well as how to make arrowheads out of stone. The program concludes with a discussion of the Native people who are still in Southeastern Massachusetts today.

Participants are given handouts to take with them including instructions on how to plant a traditional garden, lists of Native place names from their town and sources for more information on New Englands Native peoples.