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Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum Presents “A Wampanoag Welcome”

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Provincetown, MA – Clam fritters, smoked salmon, fresh oysters, and other Native American specialties are on the menu for the first ever reception with members of the Wampanoag Tribe at the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) on Thursday May 28 from 5 to 7 pm.  The celebration is part of a new exhibition, ‘Captured 1614: A Wampanoag History’ the compelling story of the abduction of Wampanoag men 400 years ago, a prelude to events leading to the historic voyage of the Mayflower in 1620.
“One could say this gathering is centuries overdue!” says PMPM Executive Director John McDonagh.  “We are we are thrilled to host this historic event, and invite everyone to join us for authentic Wampanoag food catered by Sly Fox Den and Wampanoag chef Sherry Pocknett featuring the freshest of the spring harvest.”
“The Wampanoag are a seasonable people,” said Pocknett. “We cook according to the gifts we harvest during the season for that is where the best flavor is.”
As the nation’s food trend focuses on farm to table cuisine some of the dishes planned for this special event can be found on the menus of the world’s finest restaurants.   In addition to fresh seafood, Ms. Pocknett will prepare venison wrapped in bacon and a Wampanoag favorite, Sassafras tea.     
Guests will also enjoy the Wampanoag Nation Honor Song performed by Wampanoag singer James Moreis accompanied by his hand drum. “Only performed at special occasions, this is a powerful song that honors our ancestry and I feel privileged to be able to perform it,” says Moreis who is a Native interpreter at Plimoth Plantation.
Also speaking at the reception is Mashpee Wampanoag tribal member Paula Peters, Executive Producer of the ‘Captured 1614’ exhibition. “Our story is told in the video portrayals of our ancestors in our voice,” says Peters. We are proud of the tribal members, young and old, who worked to make this powerful exhibit a reality.  This little known story is a truly significant reflection of our tribal history and played a critical part in the survival of the Pilgrims.”
Reception Tickets are $10 for PMPM members; $15 non-members; Please call PMPM to find ticket availability. The museum will be closed to the public during the reception. Go to www.pilgrim-monument.org for more information.
Attached are images of Captured 1614 Exec Director Paula Peters preparing Wampanoag member Miles Bernadett-Peters for his role in exhibit video; James Moreis, Singer/Drummer and Interpreter at Plimoth Plantation, Sherry Pocknett,, Wampanoag Chef and owner of Sly Fox Den cooks with the help of her niece Anna Hendricks; Sly Fox Den at Mashpee Powwow.
About Captured 1614 and Plymouth 400:
Paula Peters produced Captured 1614 through her firm SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications with the Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council for Plymouth 400, Incorporated as the first installment in their project, Our Story: A Wampanoag History.  The exhibit will travel around the region and be added to each year leading up to the 400th Anniversary commemorating the founding of Plymouth Colony in 2020. 
Plymouth 400, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization in Plymouth, Massachusetts formed to lead the planning and execution of programs and events commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony in 2020. The Plymouth 400 Anniversary will highlight the cultural contributions and American traditions that began with the interaction of the Wampanoag and English peoples, a story that significantly shaped the building of America.
About Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum:
Dedicated in 1910, the Monument commemorates the first landing of the Mayflower Pilgrims in the new world — in Provincetown in 1620.  Here they signed the historic Mayflower Compact, the first agreement to establish a government by the people, the cornerstone of American democracy. They explored the Cape for five weeks and discovered Plymouth.
At 252 feet, the Monument is an engineering marvel and the tallest granite tower in the United States. Visitors can climb the Monument’s 116 steps and 60 ramps at a leisurely pace and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire Cape.
The Provincetown Museum at the base of the Monument presents engaging exhibitions of important chapters in our national heritage and Provincetown’s distinctive history.   The Shallop Cafe, which opens Memorial Day weekend, offers light fare and treats.
Open daily: 9am – 5 pm from April 1 to Memorial Day; 9 am – 7 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and 9 am – 5 pm after Labor Day through November.  Admission is $12 adults, $10 seniors, $4 children 4 – 12; children under 4 are free.  PMPM provides ample parking at its location in the center of town.   $12 parking fee includes one free adult admission to the Monument and Museum.   For more information, visit www.pilgrim-monument.org or call 508-487-1310.   Follow PMPM on Facebook and Twitter .