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Wampanoag and Noepe as One with Darius Coombs
November 20, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
As part of Native American Heritage Month, learn about the rich culture and history of the Wampanoag people and how it is one with Martha’s Vineyard with Darius Coombs, Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag. The Wampanoag people have fished, hunted, gathered, and planted on these lands for thousands of years. Coombs will describe how they honor and respect the ways of mother earth and will teach some of the cultural values the Wampanoag embrace as they go through their 13-moon cycle and celebrations to the creator. He will also detail how the Wampanoag had to endure the effects of colonization and give examples of how the culture is still thriving today. Ample time will be left for questions and answers.
Darius Coombs is the proud father of four girls and has been married to his loving wife Toodie for close to 20 years. He is also a Mashpee Wampanoag tribal citizen and is the Cultural Outreach Coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Education Department. Darius is the former Director of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Patuxet Museums, a job he held for over 30 years. Over his career, Darius has worked with Smithsonian, History Channel, National Geographic, and Scholastic to name a few. His teaching of Wampanoag and other Indigenous cultures and history in the Northeast is recognized throughout the country. He has presented at conferences, colleges, historical societies, museums, Indigenous institutes, and all grades and levels of learning in North America. Darius is also the recipient of the 2016 New England Museum Association (NEMA) Award for Excellence and the 2021 Bay State Legacy award.
Advance registration required. MVM Members: $15; Non-members $20. Click here to register.
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