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"Look Boys! It's the Bureau of Indian Affairs rep.!"

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UPDATE: April 14, 2009 ---> See Annawon's portrayal of Metacom (King Philip) in PBS's "After the Mayflower" episode of "We Shall Remain" here: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/the_films/episode_1_a...

 

---> BIO HERE: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/behind_the_scenes/epi...

 

---> Behind the Scenes Images HERE: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/behind_the_scenes/pho...

 

---> Heard on Set Interview HERE: www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/behind_the_scenes/hea...

 

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Annawon Weeden: a Mashpee Wampanoag, with ancestry from the Narragansett; Pequot & other eastern woodland nations.

Photo by: Jim Peters

 

Contact info: annawonw@gmail.com

See pictures Visit: MCNAA.org / FMI: www.myspace.com/annawon

 

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Speakers Bureau Kwe' Netopak, nutusuwees Annawon Weeden, Masipi Wampana^k Hello world, my name is Annawon Weeden. It is an honor to be a Mashpee Wampanoag with ancestry from the Narragansett, Pequot and other eastern woodland nations. It pleases me to share cultural knowledge I have obtained over the years from various tribal communities and elders.

 

Being raised on the Narragansett tribal reservation has been a great asset. My mother has held some of the most admirable positions within our tribe. I hope to continue this role as M.C. at our annual powwow, drummer and dancer, mentor and activist for our community in Mashpee on Cape Cod.

 

Helping my father's Pequot nation build their museum to tell our history was a great experience as well. Being a Mashpee Wampanoag has been the most rewarding and that community is my home.

 

Throughout my life, teaching has been a family tradition I try to continue. Formerly Native Program Specialist at Boston Children's Museum, having spent several years teaching at Plimoth Plantation in addition to developing exhibits for Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Haffenreffer Museum and assisting other colleges, elementary and homeschools as well. My father is an activist.

 

Growing up during the 70's, when many things were going on in Native country, I've been able to witness many historic events. More recently, we have been travelling to Bermuda in hopes of returning our cultural ways to the descendants of slaves sent to the island during the 1600's.

 

It has been an honor to take part in that historic reunion. My father has passed on his artistic characteristics as well through carving, wampum making, singing, drumming, dancing and other cultural forms of artistic expression.

 

Please take a look at my pictures. There, you will find interesting traditional & contemporary skills, dances, artwork and historic information. As an education specialist, many historic events have been forgotten or misrepresented in the pages of history. I try to balance the information that is distributed with an inside perspective since much of our history has been written by foreigners with little to no understanding of what they observe.

 

My calendar should keep people updated on events they can attend. This calendar can also be used to determine my availability for anyone wishing to book me for an upcoming event. Kutaputash.

 

-Annawon Weeden.

 

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THIS PHOTO NOT TAKEN BY ALANE GOLDEN**PHOTOGRAPHER: Jim Peters

 

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F.Y.I.:

 

In 1660, missionary Richard Bourne gave a 16-square mile parcel of Cape Cod land to the Wampanoag Indians. Now known as Mashpee, it is one of only two Massachusetts towns governed completely by Native Americans (Gay Head on Martha's Vineyard is the other). Over 600 current Mashpee residents are direct descendants of the Wampanoags.

 

Every Fourth of July, the town sponsors a powwow visited by Native American tribal cultures from around the United States.

 

Exhibits of Native American hunting/fishing tools, weapons, weaving and clothing are on display at the Wampanoag Indian Museum. American primitive art from the 19th and 20th centuries is also exhibited at the Cahoon Museum of American Art, a 1775 Georgian Colonial farmhouse.

 

For outdoor enthusiasts, South Cape Beach has nearly four miles of sandy beach, marsh and ponds. The Great Flat Pond Trail winds through woods and marshland for a mile. Mashpee River Woodlands also has over eight miles of trails following the Mashpee River.

 

The 300-acre Mashpee Pine Barrens contains Atlantic White Cedar as well as its namesake conifers. John's Pond Park, with 258 acres, offers walking trails with scenic cranberry bog views. The interconnected Mashpee and Wakeby ponds are popular for swimming, fishing and boating.

 

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Taken on September 22, 2007