When the Pilgrims arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts ,in 1620, they encountered a Wampanoag Indian tribe that had been decimated by a plague and were in disarray. “They saw the native homes and cornfields in disarray, and bleached bones on the ground,” said Tim Turner, Cherokee, to the Patriot Ledger. “They said it was God’s providence that cleared this land of the native people.”
As the Patriot Ledger reported, Turner, who grew up in Plymouth, launched the Native Plymouth Tours, showcasing the Native point of view to this storied location. The walking tour is roughly 90 minutes long and takes visitors to the area’s only American Indian statue, two commemorative plaques, and the site of a Wampanoag leader’s homestead. Turner gives an oral history of the Wampanoag as well as stories about the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock, the many travails of the Mayflower, and what it was like to work at the Jenney Grist mill in 1636. “It’s not a Native American tour, it’s a tour of historic Plymouth with a Native American perspective,” Turner told the Ledger.
For more information on the tour, call 774-454-7792, or go to nativeplymouthtours.com.
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