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Join us and learn about the rich culture and history of the Wampanoag people and how they are one with Nantucket.
The Wampanoag have fished, hunted, gathered, planted on these lands for thousands of years and have honored the nurturing ways of mother earth. Learn about the cultural values of the Wampanoag as they go through their seasonal cycle and celebrations to the creator.
This lecture will also present a rare opportunity to see a mishoon (dugout canoe). This authentic mishoon was crafted by Darius Coombs from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for the NHA. Mr. Coombs will describe how he built the mishoon from start to finish.
Darius Coombs is a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal member and is the Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Education Department. For over 35 years Mr. Coombs has been teaching about the traditions of Wampanoag and other Indigenous cultures in the history of the northeast. He has taught at conferences, colleges, historical societies, museums, indigenous institutes, and all grades and levels of learning.
Banner image courtesy of Smithsonian Affiliations.
Learn more about the making of a mishoon.