Follow A Wampanoag Family's Journey for Truth
Ask Students: When did people first inhabitant Martha’s Vineyard, or the land the Wampanoags call Noepe? What are the goals of Sassafras Earth Education?
Martha’s Vineyard, with its beautiful shoreline and farm land, has long been a summer destination, but most visitors know little about the history of the Wampanoag people. The Wampanoags were the Native Americans who helped the pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving, and not long after suffered attacks and decimation by them.
A group on the island has worked for several years to revive the Wampanoag history by educating children and adults about the Native culture and traditions while also aiming to protect the planet.
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How do educational programs that teach the history of Native People like the Wampanoags make a difference in our understanding the whole of American history?
Media Literacy: There is an active Wampanoag tribal council and community that works on current political, economic and social issues facing the Wampanoag people. Why do you think the producers chose to focus mainly on the Vanderhoops and Sassafras Earth Education?
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