Wampanoag Couple

Wampanoag Couple

It’s Thanksgiving today, and what better way for me to celebrate that than to draw a couple of the Wampanoag people whose generosity inspired the holiday to begin with?
For those of you who don’t know, the Wampanoag were an Algonquian-speaking Native American people who lived in the region of Massachusetts and Rhode Island prior to colonization by the English in the seventeenth century. They’re best known as the people who taught the Pilgrims how to grow corn and take care of themselves in the New World, inspiring the first Thanksgiving celebration. Unfortunately, they still ended up decimated by European plagues and invasions, which is why Thanksgiving isn’t a particularly popular holiday among Native Americans today, but you still got to pay the Wampanoag nation the respect they’re owed.

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