Definitions for wampanoagˌwɑm pəˈnoʊ æg
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a member of the Algonquian people of Rhode Island and Massachusetts who greeted the Pilgrims
A Native American tribe located in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The extinct Algonquin language of the Wampanoag tribe.
A current Native American nation currently consisting of five affiliated tribes.
The Wampanoag people, also called Massasoit, or Wôpanâak, are a Native American tribe. Many Wampanoag people today are enrolled in two federally recognized tribes, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head of Massachusetts, or four state-recognized tribes recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the beginning of the 17th century, at the time of first contact with the English, the Wampanoag lived in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island, as well as within a territory that encompassed current day Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. Their population numbered in the thousands due to the richness of the environment and their cultivation of corn, beans and squash. Three thousand Wampanoag lived on Martha's Vineyard alone. From 1615 to 1619 the Wampanoag suffered an epidemic, long suspected to be smallpox, but recent research alternatively theorizes that it was leptospirosis, a bacterial infection also known as Weil's syndrome or 7-day fever. It caused a high fatality rate and nearly destroyed the society.
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