A few years ago, members of Plimoth Plantationâ€™s WampanoagÂ Indigenous ProgramÂ made a trip from Plymouth, Massachusetts to Washington, DC to visit the National Museum of the American Indian. While there Darius Coombs,Â Associate Director of the program, noted in the museumâ€™s canoe exhibition there was no representation of a traditional mishoon.Â Today, he and Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation, are back in Washington, DC to meet with NMAI to coordinate their donation of a Wampanoag mishoon to the museum.
The meeting was held at NMAIâ€™sÂ Cultural Resources Center whereÂ they were first granted a behind the scenes tour of the storage facility. It was quite a treat to be able to view the rowsÂ upon rowsÂ of drawersÂ upon drawers of artifacts including the entire Wampanoag collection. After the tour Darius gave a brief presentation to the staff at NMAI CRC including this video of the Wampanoag mishoon trip to Martha’s Vineyard:
The meeting was a great success and we are eager to share follow up information as it becomes available. Stay tuned for more on this exciting collaboration!