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Wampanoag Peoples Day
October 14, 2019
Celebrating Wampanoag Peoples’ Impact On America
In the fall of 1620, a group of English colonists seeking a new life in North America arrived from England aboard the Mayflower. They landed at Plymouth Rock after a 60 day storm tossed crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. By the next spring, half of the travelers had died. They were desperate. Who saved them?
The Wampanoag People save them.
They taught the settlers how to adjust to a new land and country. They taught them how to plant corn, fish local waters and understand the nature of their new environment. The Pilgrims and Wampanoag had a supportive respectful relationship. They worked together with such success that around the time of the first anniversary of Mayflower’s landing, they held a celebration to recognize their common achievements. It was the first Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is unique because its origins are not political or religious. Instead it celebrates what can be achieved when people of different backgrounds work together in common purpose.
This most American holiday is the inspired story of the Wampanoag People and the Mayflower Pilgrims.