Plimoth and the Wampanoag

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Plimoth Plantation and the Wampanoag

Take a tour of Plimoth Plantation located in Plymouth,  Massachusetts through our eyes during our visit there June 30th, 2019.  This was a fascinating living museum where we learned a lot about how the Pilgrims of the Mayflower lived back in the 1600s where they first settled in New England.  Plimouth is the actual spelling that the original pilgrams used instead of Plymouth Plantation.

We also saw the daily lives of Wampanoag Native Americans, including their Wetu huts, cooking Nasaump porridge, and carving canoes.    It was fascinating as well interacting and talking to the actors who played the pilgrims at the settlers village.

Virtual field trip featuring Pilgrims and the Native American Wampanoag, discussing their lives, their collaboration, and the first Thanksgiving. For more great Thanksgiving lesson plans and teaching resources visit

Native American Shelters in the North East
Plimoth Plantation

A wetu is a domed hut, used by some north-eastern Native American tribes such as the Wampanoag.[1] They provided shelter, sometimes seasonal or temporary, for families near the wooded coast for hunting and fishing. They were made out of sticks of a red cedar frame covered with either tree bark or mats made from grass or reeds. 

Pilgrim life shown through the eyes of children.

First Thanksgiving

This video is meant to give a non-bias account of the events which unfolded in the years leading up to the First Thanksgiving, and the several years following the feast (roughly 1614-1622

Inspired by the 2015 film The Pilgrims, American Experience presents a special discussion sharing Native American perspectives on the arrival of European settlers in New England 400 years ago. The conversation will examine the experiences of Native populations at the time of the settlers’ arrival, what is actually known about the first Thanksgiving, and how native tribes see themselves in today’s construction of the United States. The discussion will be moderated by Yvonne Russo, a filmmaker and member of the Sicangu Lakota Tribal Nation. Featuring: Linda Coombs, Aquinnah Wampanoag, historian and independent scholar Cassius Spears, a Knowledge Keeper and Narragansett Tribal Member.

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