March 8, 2016
KINGSTON, MA—“Our” Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History, an educational and cultural exhibit launched in November 2014 to international acclaim, is currently on display at the historic Adams Center located at 33 Summer Street in Kingston, Massachusetts, where it will be available for public viewing beginning Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10AM—2PM on a limited schedule. This traveling, multi-media exhibit is part of the Signature Events and Programs of Plymouth 400, Inc., the organization planning the international 400th anniversary commemoration of the 1620 Mayflower voyage and the founding of Plymouth Colony.
The exhibit will be open to the public during the following dates and times:
Saturday March 12, 10AM—2PM
Sunday March 13, 1PM—3PM
Tuesday March 15, 6PM—7:30PM
Saturday March 19 , 10AM—12PM
Sunday March 20, 1PM—3PM
Tuesday March 22, 6PM—7:30PM
Saturday March 26, 1PM—3PM
“Our”Story was created to bring to light key legacies of America’s earliest beginnings from the Wampanoag perspective. Told in the Native voice, this exhibit received widespread media attention since its debut for its honest and powerful approach to highlighting occurrences in indigenous history that are not commonly known but were important to the founding of Plymouth Colony and the building of America. The exhibit’s first chapter, “Captured 1614”, tells a critical back story to colonization and the roots of the American holiday, Thanksgiving. The second chapter, “The Messenger Runner”, highlights the Wampanoag tribe’s traditional communication network and tribal territories predating the Pilgrim’s arrival.
The creation of this exhibit aligns with Plymouth 400’s mission to create a commemoration that is historically accurate and culturally inclusive, as indigenous peoples have declined participation, or faced misrepresentation and even omission from previous anniversary events. Plymouth 400 commissioned a Native design team to create “Our”Story to ensure that the exhibit was thoroughly representative of the history of New England’s indigenous peoples. The Indian Spiritual and Cultural Training Council Inc. and SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications conceptualized, researched, and produced “Our”Story, and members of the Mashpee Wampanoag and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribes portrayed historical figures for the exhibit.
“Most people don’t realize that Kingston, Plymouth, and many of our surrounding towns were, built on the site of a village the Wampanoag called Patuxet,” said Michele Pecoraro, Executive Director of Plymouth 400. “The history of this region goes back more than 12,000 years. ‘Our’Story is one way in which Plymouth 400 is working to bring those lesser-known but highly significant historic occurrences not easily found in history books to the forefront of the 2020 Commemoration. ”
“Our”Story was displayed at both Mashpee and Aquinnah Powwows in 2015, in addition to several museums and libraries throughout New England. It received international media attention upon its debut for telling “the story of Squanto, and the millions he represents” (Public Radio International) and for “changing Thanksgiving’s history” (The Boston Globe). For more information on this exhibit, visit www.plymouth400inc.org
About Plymouth 400, Inc.
Plymouth 400, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization 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.
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March 8, 2016