See the exhibit Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620
Four hundred years have passed since the Wampanoag Nation encountered the English immigrants who settled on the shores of their land at Patuxet—now called Plymouth. Harvard University has had a relationship with the Wampanoag and other local tribal communities for nearly as long. In 1650, the charter of Harvard College dedicated the institution to the education of Native American and English students to become Puritan ministers; and in 1655, the Indian College was built on Harvard’s campus to house students and achieve those goals. Wampanoag tribal member, Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, Class of 1665, was the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College.
In acknowledgment of this early history, the Peabody Museum has asked seven Wampanoag tribal members to reflect on collections spanning the four centuries and stewarded by the Peabody Museum. Launching on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 12, 2020, the Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620 online exhibit will feature these contemporary Wampanoag voices. Listen in as they share memories, thoughts, and reflections about collection items made by their ancestors and relatives, and learn how Wampanoag life and culture continues to flourish today.
Paula Peters photo by Matika Wilbur.