NHA Hosts Wampanoag Immersion Experience

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is thrilled to partner with Darius Coombs from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to host a Wampanoag Immersion Experience day on Wednesday, August 10, from 11 am-4 pm at Children’s Beach, 15 Harborview Way.  This program is family-friendly and FREE for all attendees.

Attendees are invited to make traditional crafts and toys with Wampanoag artisans, examine tools and objects that were used in daily Wampanoag life, as well as learn about native people and culture through asking questions and engaging with members of the Wampanoag tribe. The program will conclude with an immersive performance showcasing music and dances that have been part of Wampanoag tradition for hundreds of years – guests are highly encouraged to participate!

This program is a continuation of the 2021 “Making a Mishoon” project with Coombs, who constructed a mishoon specifically for the NHA.  A special inaugural launch of the mishoon (a traditional dugout canoe crafted by fire) into Nantucket Harbor will take place during the program. Coombs will also talk about the process of building the dugout canoe from start to finish.

“We are excited to have this program come together for the community and visitors alike to experience and learn how important the Wampanoag people and culture are to Nantucket.  Working with Darius Coombs and his family over the years on several programs has been an exceptional educational experience for our staff and anyone who attends, so we are so fortunate to welcome them to the island once again,” says Mary Emery Lacoursiere, NHA Peter M. and Bonnie J. Sacerdote Chair of Education and Community Relations.

This program is generously funded by Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.


The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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