Join the Sagamore of the Pokanoket Nation, Po Wauipi Neimpaug, for a teach-in on the history and current initiatives of the Pokanokets.
The Pokanoket Nation made first contact with the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth. Then a generation later the Pokanokets led King Phillips War against the colonizers. After the war the colonizers made it illegal and punishable by death to say the word Pokanoket.
But the Pokanokets are still here and organizing for their sovereignty. More information from the Pokanoket nation is below.
There is suggested donation of $5-$15 for this event. All funds raised will go to supporting initiatives of the Pokenoket Nation.
Please register for this event: http://thefangcollective.org/pokanoket-teach-in
"The Pokanoket Nation traces their their lineage back thousands of years beyond the colonial days of the United States of America. We trace our ancestry through the bloodlines and the written and oral history of our people. We are the people of Massasoit Ousamequin (Yellow Feather) who welcomed the pilgrims to this country, and his sons Massasoit Wamsutta, and Massasoit Metacom. We are King Philip’s people, the people of Metacom. We are the people who celebrated the First Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims in 1621. We are the people who have endured much and who have walked this path through history to present day and continue to on to the future.
Pokanoket Tribe is historically known as the Headship Tribe of the largest Indian nation of colonial times. The Nation of Tribes you may have heard of referred to today is the Wampanoag Nation. During the King Philip’s War ( 1675-1676), the colonial government outlawed or made it illegal for any male fourteen years of age or older to call himself Pokanoket lest he be killed on site. It was during this period that the Pokanoket Nation became known as the Wampanoag Nation. The Pokanoket Nation, also known as the Pokanoket Confederacy was comprised of a multitude of sixty tribes, bands and clans. Each Tribe was comprised of Bands and Villages much like the U.S. is comprised of States, Cities and towns.. Each Tribe had its own Sachem(Chief) much like the mayor’s of our cities and towns.. The Sagamore/Grand Sachem( Chief of Chiefs) had many or more Sachems under his authority like a governor. The Massasoit (Great Leader) was president of the nation.
Pokanoket is also our home. Prior to the time of the pilgrim’s arrival in Plymouth, which is Patuxet in our home language. The realm of the Pokanoket included portions of Rhode Island and much of Southeastern Massachusetts, including the surrounding islands around Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.
Every map prior to the King Philip’s War (1675) including Handbook of North American Indians, Volume 15 Northeast (Smithsonian Institution) and the John Seller’s Map (Hydrographer to the King) refer to the areas mentioned previously as Pokanoket Country. The Pokanoket social organization developed in a manner that differed from neighboring Native American Tribes, since Pokanoket was more socially structured and layered, as well as more politically complex.
Unique to the Pokanoket Tribe were the spiritual and military elite, know as the Pineese (Pineese Warrior), who protected and served the Massasoit (Great Leader). They are the spiritual guardians of Pokanoket Nation."