Wampanoag Homesite

When you first arrive at Plimoth Plantation they suggest you watch the short welcome video. The video is an overview of what you will see during your visit and some rules/policies you should follow when visiting. Emphasis was put on visiting the Wampanoag Homesite and making sure to respect cultural boundaries.

It is important to note that unlike the 1627 English Village, there are no “characters” here; the staff dressed in traditional deerskin clothing are Native People and speak in their own modern words about the experiences of the Wampanoag. (http://www.plimoth.org/)

My ticket to Plimoth Plantation (and the Mayflower) allowed me to visit for two straight days. The first day I visited around 1pm. It was packed with school children (more than I had expected). Thankfully, by around 3pm they started to clear out. The second day I visited was Veterans Day, which was also crowded but more with families instead of buses full of kids.

This woman was at the site both days. She sat and worked on making a bag while people stopped to ask questions. Kids mostly asked her what she was making. Or they wanted to touch the fur on her coat. Parents typically asked what Native Americans from the 17th Century would have used to dye the threads. Apparently, any berry you could not eat would be used as a color dye.

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  1. I’ve always been interested in Native American cultures…thanks for a great insight!

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