Nookumuhs – The Mishoon Launch
Nookumuhs is the Pequot word for “my grandmother” and is the name given to the mishoon, a traditional dugout canoe, constructed on the Pequot Museum’s farmstead this spring. Our Mission Mishoon Project represents a cultural resurgence in a new area of “reclaiming the waterways.” Therefore, Nookumuhs or Grandmother, symbolizes the matriarch of a cultural movement that will hopefully continue to grow.

Wampanoag canoe makers, Jonathan Perry, cultural officer at Martha's Vineyard Aquinnah Cultural Center, and Darius Coombs, associate director of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program, guided the construction with volunteer assistance from members of several Native American communities. This was the largest mishoon made in the traditional method of burning and hand scraping in over 200 years.

On August 8, 2015, Nookumuhs made her maiden voyage from the Mystic Seaport to Noank and back, paddled by 12 representatives from 6 New England tribes; the Mashantucket Pequots, the Narragansetts, the Schaghticokes, the Passamaquoddy, and Aquinnah and Mashpee Wampanoags and the Shinnecocks from Long Island.
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