Mashpee

Mashpee is a town located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts has been the home of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe for approximately 12,000 years.  The Mashpee Wampanoag are one of the original sixty-nine tribes that belonged to the Wampanoag Nation.  Originally, the Marshpee (later called Mashpee) Tribe was under the oversight of English missionaries for nearly 200 years.  The reservation period in Mashpee officially began in 1677 and restricted the freedom of the Mashpee Wampanoag people until 1868.  From that time up until around 1975 the tribal people were in control of the Mashpee town government, were active business owners and the predominant town residents.  As town and federal politics dramatically changed over the years, the tribe maintained its autonomy as a non-profit organization until 2007 when federal recognition was finally granted after a 30-year legal land suit.

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe has both traditional and conventional leadership and maintains a government-to-government relationship with all federal agencies to support the health, education, and welfare needs of the tribe.  The traditional leadership includes the Chief and his Circle of advisers, Medicine Man, and Clan Mothers.  The Chief and Medicine Man have permanent seats at the Tribal Council table to ensure cultural concerns are included in decision-making. Tribal members seek advice, ceremony, and social justice from these leaders.
 

Economically the tribe has adapted and maintained a number of different survival methods besides hunting, fishing, and planting.  During the 17th and 18th centuries tribesmen were involved in the fur, rope, timber, and sassafras trade.  Then in the 19th and early 20th centuries they engaged in the whaling industry, sailing the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic and Indian Oceans.  

Where the Oneidas have /l/ the Mohawks have /lr/.     
 
Mohawk
                                                           
rauganeehauh              father                                      
keűh                             child                                       
                                                                                   
loóneh                          wife                                                                
Neipispauket
Pumspisset                    Herring River
 
Wauquunchet pond       East of Quinsuit
Chaucquoke                  White folks
Woponawx                    English
Mooaunaups                 Negroes
Kautaănt                       Great man above
 

Rock ore makes better iron than bog ore. Three tons Assawompset ore yield one ton of iron.

Ponaganset Friends Meeting, 65 by 28

1762   

As I passed round the head of Buzzards Bay at north east at and about Quonset appeared a great quantity of shells which indicate the ancient residence of Indians, but now all gone.

From Mr. Williams1 and an Indian, aged 84, I learned that originally there were three sachemdoms on the Cape.

Honoured Sir,

I received your favour of November 251 on the 28th of the same. As it required some time to reply as I wished, you will please to excuse the delay. I give an account of my mission with cheerfulness. Having no cause for concealment, I will endeavor to give as “precise and exact” a statement as I am able.

Honoured Sir,

I received your favour of November 25. on the 28th of the same. As it required some time to reply as I wished, you will please to excuse the delay. I give an account of my mission with cheerfulness. Having no cause for concealment, I will endeavor to give as “precise and exact” a statement as I am able.

1. Number of Indians attending Public Worship.

Honorable and Dear Sir,

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