Definitions for wampanoagˌwɑm pəˈnoʊ æg
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Wam•pa•no•agˌwɑm pəˈnoʊ æg(n.)(pl.)-ags; -ag.
a member of an American Indian people of SE Massachusetts.
the dialect of Massachusett, now extinct, spoken by the Wampanoags.
Origin of Wampanoag:
1670–80, Amer.; < Narragansett, = Proto-Algonquian *wa·pan(w)- dawn +*-o·w- person of +*-aki pl. suffix, i.e., easterners
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.
Wampanoag Nation, also called Massasoit, or Wôpanâak are a Native American tribe. 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 other 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 1616 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. Researchers suggest that the losses from the epidemic made it possible for the English colonists to get a foothold in creating the Massachusetts Bay Colony in later years. King Philip's War against the English colonists resulted in the deaths of 40 percent of the tribe. Most of the male survivors were sold into slavery in the West Indies. Many women and children were enslaved in New England.
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