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Massasoit

(Encyclopedia) MassasoitMassasoitmăsˌəsoiˈĭt, măsˈəsoitˌ [key], c.1580–1661, chief of the Wampanoag. His name was Ousamequin (spelled in various ways); Massasoit is a title of leadership. One of the…

Squanto

(Encyclopedia) Squanto or Tisquantum, d. 1622, Native American of the Patuxet (or Pawtuxet) band, part of the Wampanoag confederation. He is sometimes thought to be the Native American taken to…

The Full Story of the First Thanksgiving

The origins of Thanksgiving trace far back in American history. Its roots are deeply embedded into the country's culture and traditions, celebrated annually by families and friends gathering around…

A Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving, Part 1

Part 1: The Original Culture War by Neil Miller During the National Day of Mourning rally in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Andres Araica prayed at a statue of Massasoit, chief of the…

Wampanoag

(Encyclopedia) WampanoagWampanoagwämˌpənōˈăg [key], confederation of Native North Americans whose language belongs to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native…

A Not-So-Traditional Thanksgiving, Part 2

Part 2: Voice of Native Americans by Neil Miller The campaign to make a regional holiday into a national celebration was realized on October 3, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed…

Winslow, Edward

(Encyclopedia) Winslow, Edward, 1595–1655, one of the founders of Plymouth Colony in New England, b. England. One of the leaders of the Pilgrims who traveled to America on the Mayflower in 1620,…

Biographies of Famous Native Americans

Native Americans bios, from Alexie to Wovoka A-G | H-M | O-R | S-W   Charles Curtis Sherman Alexie, writer Paula Gunn Allen, Pueblo-Sioux poet, novelist, critic Dennis Banks, Anishinabe…

King Philip's War

(Encyclopedia) King Philip's War, 1675–76, the most devastating war between the colonists and the Native Americans in New England. The war is named for King Philip, the son of Massasoit and chief of…

Plymouth Colony

(Encyclopedia) Plymouth Colony, settlement made by the Pilgrims on the coast of Massachusetts in 1620. After several years the colonists could no longer be restrained from settling on the more…