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Wampanoags to commemorate 1675 forced removal

Boston, Massachusetts (AP) November 2010

Members of Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Indigenous Program are scheduled to participate in a “Sacred Paddle” to the Boston Harbor Islands to commemorate the anniversary of the 1675 forced removal of American Indians by European colonists.

The 20-mile trip along the Charles River in a traditional vessel, or mishoon, is aimed at honoring the more than 500 American Indians who died, many of starvation.

The Sacred Paddle will carry Mashpee Wampanoag and members of the Nipmuc tribes from Brighton, down the Charles River by the Esplanade Park, into the inner harbor to Deer Island with state marine escorts.

The indigenous people, mostly Nipmuc, were forced to Deer Island after the outbreak of King Phillip’s War. Deer Island became the first colonial internment camp.




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