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My American History, Plymouth to Tucson

July 4, 2013 , ,

My single Wampanoag ancestor, Quadequina is the only true American in my tribe. My DNA tests out at 96% from the British Isles. My pedigree is what is known in the US as blue blooded.  My ancestors almost all left Europe in the early 1600’s to colonize America.  They had a religious problem with the locals who were freaking out all over Europe in different religious ways.  Suffice it to say the move to Plymouth or Jamestown was done with more than a little religious arrogance.  The locals here had a perfectly adequate religious practice, but the Pilgrims and Virginians were bound to convert and enslave them in an exciting new monotheistic way.  The God who sailed over with the Pilgrims was that angry, vengeful ,all by himself God who just had no patience or tolerance for the beliefs of others.  This God provided for the English on American soil by making sure the king back home had power to scare the beJesus out of any non-believer.

Imagine the dismay of the locals in Massachusetts when they learned that the colonists not only sucked down their erstwhile property and hunting rights, but planned to take more of the same.  King Philip , AKA my great uncle, planned and executed a revolution against the colonists, which is when things got ugly quickly and forever. When I visited Mashpee, the land that was given by the English to the tribe, by arrangement with the King in 1655, I thought I would see the graves of the elders who started Thanksgiving.  I was mighty upset with my Pilgrim ancestors, even though one of them married into the tribe, the group in general was highly rude and creepy.  I saw the graves of the Mayflower passengers, and their church….but not a clue as to the location of Quadequina’s resting place.  Bury my heart at Mashpee.

I learned  much about the way American history has been reconstructed, but I also got to meet some young Wampanoag people who have great pride and are reviving the language.  I became very angry again when I found out the wampum belts that document this history are in England…and the tribe asked them to return the property to Mashpee.  Wampum is a shell currency used to create agreements and make purchases.  The belt was a form of contract used to define, for instance, real estate deals made with Brits.  The state of Rhode Island was purchased with wampum.  I have no power to get the wampum artifacts returned, or change the facts of history.  I just wear the wampum I got on Cape Cod as a reminder of by beloved American tribe.  On behalf of 96% of my blood, I apologize.

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How cool it is that you have an original American (read Indian except that’s not the correct term – it should be the tribal name I gather) in your heritage.. I agree with your assessment. It’s odd that the explorers thought that everything they “discovered” was theirs other than realizing that the indigenous people were already the owners of the land.. Sort of like trespassers taking over.
Nice opinion piece!!

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Thanks, Stevie. One of the young women I met at Plimouth Colony working in the Wampanoag village just posted on FB..It’s all about the Wamps this weekend…I love that it is pow wow there and that the nick name of the tribe is Wamps..

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mermaidcamp

July 4, 2013

I think it’s great that you know so much about your heritage. I agree with you and Stevie about the ‘explorers’ and their attitudes towards the original inhabitants of the new (to them) world. It’s had a lasting impact on our society.

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Rebecca

July 9, 2013

I want to write a children’s book about my Wampanoag ancestor who was at Thanksgiving…..it is time some facts entered the history teachings.

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mermaidcamp

July 9, 2013

Dear Cousin,
I would very much like to learn more about your DNA testing as I am a descendent (9thG grandson) of Gabriel and wish to verify the presence of Native American ancestry. There is a verbal family history that confirms the relationship and I’d like to take this test myself.
Thanks for any help,
John

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John Wright

January 26, 2014

I did the DNA test offered by Ancestry and learned that my DNA is 97% from the British Isles. we also did a DNA test of my great Uncle to determine if we had Cherokee ancestry, fairly recent..and nothing was shown to link us to Native ancestors.

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mermaidcamp

January 26, 2014

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