Herring Pond

We are the Wampanoag Tribe of Plymouth Indians, known present day as the Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe, also identified in historical documents as Comassakumkanit, Herring Pond Indians, Pondville Indians, Manomet, and Praying Indians, among others.

We have lived on these lands for thousands of years. We are a tribal community whose ancestral lands are located at the heart of the long history of colonization and appropriation of indigenous lands in North America: Plymouth, Massachusetts. We have continued to live within our homeland, and today we continue our struggle to protect our cultural heritage and land rights, and avoid erasure as an indigenous people. Our sacred places include our cemeteries and our meetinghouse (Pondville Indian Church) located in Plymouth and Bourne. To us, these are the places of our ancestors and we are obligated to protect, and to preserve them, for our children now and for all of our descendants to come.

Our historical reservation lands, which previously contained three separate parcels, mostly in Plymouth but partly in Bourne, total approximately 3,000 acres, namely the Great Lot (about 2,600 acres), the Meetinghouse Lot (about 200 acres) and the Herring River Lot, known to the tribe in the 21st Century as “The Valley” (about 400 acres) all of which were lost, taken or conveyed for reasons unknown to the Tribe. We are still here!!

Quacum, Eliakim

Eliakim Quacum was an Indian from Plymouth County.  In the summer of 1729, he was caught stealing a canoe of Elijah Perry.  For that he was tried, but the outcome is not presently know.  Deposition of Stephen Numock, 1729.07.03.00.

Stephen Numock of full age testifieth and saith that he, being at a place called Back River in Sandwich sometime in the month of April last past, and he th[e]n saw Eliakim Quacum in a canoe of Elijah Perry's[1] and, he knowing that it was said Perry's canoe, and he then pursued said Quacum in order to stop him with said canoe but could not and further sait

These may certify, that we the subscribers, Selectmen of the Town of Dorchester, have by Inquiry had certain intelligence, that the above-mentioned Indian woman was sick at the house of the above named Mary Plimpton the time mentioned in her account and died there, and was supported and nursed by the said Mary Plimpton, and by her buried in Dorchester Burying-place. 

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I, John Bartlet, living in the Second Precinct in Plymouth, am well acquainted with a tract of Indian land, lying in my neighbourhood, about eight or nine miles southerly from the Court House in Plymouth. One end of it being bounded by the seashore for about forty rods, and running back towards the woods, being about one hundred and fifty acres in the whole, according to my best judgment, and is most of it unimproved.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts                             

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To the Honourable the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court Assembled, January 16, 1782

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To His Excellency William Shirley, Esq., Captain General and Governour in Chief, in and over His Majesty’s Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, and the Honourable His Majesty’s Council in Council Convened, February 1747

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The Committee to Whom Was Referred the Petition of Stephen David have fully heard him on his petition and find he is justly indebted to sundry English people about two hundred pounds for

Province of the Massachusetts Bay

To His Excellency the Governor and Council and Representatives of said Province in General Court Assembled at Boston, November 1740

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