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Series
People of the First Light : Native Americans in Southern New England
Episode
The Mashpee Wampanoags
Producing Organization
Massachusetts Educational Television
WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
WGBY-TV (Television station : Springfield, Mass.)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-114-881jx2h7
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Description
Episode Description
This program interviews Vernon Pocknet who is Wampanoag as he boats in and out of inlets along the New England coast. He teaches Wampanoag children traditional fishing and hunting practices. He also helps cook food at the annual clambake during the Wampanoag powwow. The program also features that work being done at the Mashpee aquafarm that is taken care of by Bill Peters (Wampanoag). The aquafarm cultivates traditional food that used to grow in areas that are now restricted to the Wampanoag. Wampanoag medicine man, John Peters, is also interviewed and discusses traditional Wampanoag religion.
Series Description
"'The Mashpee Wampanoags' is one of seven programs in the new educational television series PEOPLE OF THE FIRST LIGHT. The series is the first culturally oriented set of programs to portray the Native American peoples living in the southern New England region. It focuses on ways in which the history and tribal traditions of Indians in this area are integrated into the daily activities of Native American children and adults surviving today in [Massachusetts], Connecticut, and Rhode Island. "In the town of Mashpee, on Cape Cod in Mass., there is a small community of Mashpee Wampanoag Indians. The program 'The Mashpee Wampanoags' highlights that today, the members of this indigenous tribe are living, working the land, fishing the bays, and maintaining the longstanding culture of their ancestors who had inhabited the same lands for thousands of years. PEOPLE OF THE FIRST LIGHT was funded by the U.S. Office of Education and serves the need for general understanding of the Native American in the Northeastern U.S.--the individual, the tribe, the culture."--1979 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1979-03-13
Asset type
Episode
Topics
Education
History
History
Rights
Copyright held in perpetuity by WGBY
Media type
other
Credits
Executive Producer: Dan Kain
Producer: Glenn Suprenand
Producing Organization: Massachusetts Educational Television
Producing Organization: WGBH (Television station : Boston, Mass.)
Producing Organization: WGBY-TV (Television station : Springfield, Mass.)
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Citations
Chicago: “People of the First Light : Native Americans in Southern New England; The Mashpee Wampanoags,” 1979-03-13, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed December 7, 2021, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-114-881jx2h7.
MLA: “People of the First Light : Native Americans in Southern New England; The Mashpee Wampanoags.” 1979-03-13. American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. December 7, 2021. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-114-881jx2h7>.
APA: People of the First Light : Native Americans in Southern New England; The Mashpee Wampanoags. Boston, MA: American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-114-881jx2h7