It’s always been my intention to visit Plimoth Plantation to learn more about the history of the Pilgrims who sailed to America and reached Plymouth in 1620. So, two weeks before Thanksgiving, our family went to this living museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts that shows the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by the Pilgrims (English colonists). Because of the poor time management (always) we arrived 2 hour prior the museum closed, so we had to hurry and catch all the attractions before it’s getting dark (5 PM is sunset).
We missed the movie introduction at the beginning before entering the living museum and went inside the outdoor living museum without really knowing what to do or expect from the interaction with the people who’s role playing as the Native People at Wampanoag Homesite and 17th Century English Village. Plus with a lot of other visitors (mostly were these bunch of uber beautiful Hispanic teen girls who’s doing their field trip) and Az-Khal are pretty much very handful to handle, I missed the point of visiting this place by not really interact with the role-players. Hiks.
Wampanoag Homesite. Here you’ll discover how the 17th-century Wampanoag would have lived along the coast during the growing season; planting their crops, fishing and hunting, gathering wild herbs and berries for food, and reeds for making mats and baskets. You’ll see different kinds of homes including a mat-covered wetu, the Wampanoag word for house, and a bark-covered long house or nush wetu, meaning a house with three fire pits inside. Food is cooked over an open fire using only the ingredients that were available in the 1600s. At the riverside you may see men making a mishoon – the Wampanoag word for boat – using fire as a tool to hollow out a tree (source: here).
17th Century English Village. Unlike the people you’ll meet in the 17th-Century English Village, the staff in the Wampanoag Homesite are not role players. They are all Native People – either Wampanoag or from other Native Nations – and they will be dressed in historically accurate clothing, mostly made of deerskin. They speak from a modern perspective about Wampanoag history and culture. They are happy to see you and will invite you inside a wetu, or tell you what they are growing in the garden, or show you how to play hubbub, an ancient tribal game still enjoyed by many Wampanoag today. The staff in the Wampanoag Homesite are very proud of their Native heritage, and knowledgeable of the traditions, stories, technology, pasttimes, music and dance of the people who have lived in this region for more than 10,000 years. Ask lots of questions! You may be surprised what you will learn (source: here)
After that, we went to Mayflower II, which is the full-scale reproduction of the original Mayflower that sailed to Plymouth in 1620 (it is no longer exists). In there we could learn about the 1620 voyage of Mayflower, the perils of maritime travel, and the tools of 17th-century navigation.
By the end of the visit, I stumble upon into this monument which indicated the painful truth about Thanksgiving.
I celebrated Thanksgiving in an old-fashioned way. I invited everyone in my neighborhood to my house, we had an enormous feast, and then I killed them and took their land. – Jon Stewart