Plimoth Plantation -- Wampanoag Homesite

by Chossid May. 05, 2016 3381 views

The Indian homesite was fascinating. We saw how the Indians live, their skills, summer and winter homes, and more. Apparently hundreds of thousands of Native Americans still live like this, mainly in Canada, and, I believe, in Maine.

I'd like to add, that if you have the chance to visit here, it's very interesting. Much more so than similar places I've been. These are real natives, speaking about themselves. There were various demonstrations which we missed and sounded interesting. The actors in the (coming) English village were TOTALLY in character. They study the accent, history, culture, botany, cuisine, etc. till it becomes a part of them. If you mention anything after 1624, they never heard of it. But there are additional people in the village who can tell you the information that the actors “can't” – you'll see some people dressed strangely, like you, and they can tell you."

Unfortunately, the Mayflower replica sailed to a different port, where it is being repaired now, so we weren't able to see it.

Burning out a log to make a smooth canoe.

Making fishing net

Lean to

In the background is the frame of a summer home. The bark covering was removed and taken with them when they moved a bit inland to their winter homes.

The homes were called weetoos, and came in 1, 2, or 3 fire homes. Each fire had an opening above it. This is a 2 fire home, which could accommodate 5-8 people.

These Native Americans are a matrilineal people. The wife is the boss ;-) When a girl would marry, her husband would have to sleep outside for a few days, while she would decorate the weetoo as she pleased. Then he was invited inside, followed by her parents. If she was from a turtle clan, and he was something else, her children became “turtles.”

Skins were cleaned and used to cover the benches, the doorways, and, I imagine, as blankets, as well as for clothing and accessories. The benches we sat on were covered with deer and bear skins.

They were roasting fresh quails for lunch. They also had a porridge of cornmeal, cranberries, and nuts.

I just realized – it looks like this young woman somehow got a shirt from the Pilgrims!

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Jarvo J 4 years, 11 months ago

The uncurling fern and the hollow log are great.

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Abby 4 years, 11 months ago

I especially like the hollowed out canoes!!!

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Sadhya Rippon 4 years, 11 months ago

Fascinating.It looks to be a very beautiful way of life in harmony with nature. I like how you interspersed photographs of nature within the series.

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Mike Meliska 4 years, 11 months ago

Very interesting post. Great photo coverage.

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Chris Cann 4 years, 11 months ago

What a fascinating day out that must have been, would have loved to have been there. To be able to see and interact with these native Americans( if that's what they would want to be known as) must have been an absolute joy. Thanks for your great reportage, you made the whole journey a delight.

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Antonio Gil 4 years, 11 months ago

Great report. I had never seen a house covered with tree bark.

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