RIPR News
4:51 pm
Wed November 24, 2010

The Wampanoag view of Thanksgiving

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Americans celebrate Thanksgiving this Thursday, a holiday that marks the survival of early European colonists during their first year in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Native American Sachem Massassoit of the Wampanoag tribe helped the colonists make it through that first year. But the holiday has a very different significance for Native Americans from the region. Massassoit's son, King Phillip, was killed just a few decades after that first Thanksgiving trying to resist European occupation. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison met with Wampanoag elder and Rhode Island Native Tall Oak by the stream where King Phillip was shot in Bristol.