Plimoth Plantation makes replica of Native American canoe for
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Massachusetts: During the 17th century, mishoons were the most
common boats in North American waters.
40 years, the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at
Plimoth Plantation has created these traditional Native American canoes. Now one
of their mishoons is housed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Darius Coombs is associate director of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program.
It was his idea to create and donate a mishoon to the
Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).
Last spring, after
NMAI accepted their offer, the creation of the 16-foot canoe began. Plimoth Plantation selected a white pine for the mishoon project. The tree was wrapped in
clay and burned to create a thick bottom and natural keel.
Following the progress was Plymouth Access Cable Television. They
filmed a documentary of the mishoom creation process taking place at
Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Homesite.
“It has been a fun
and educational experience," Coombs said. "The mishoon is an
invaluable piece that will add depth to the Smithsonian’s already rich
representation of Northeast native life.”
members of Wampanoag Indigenous Program
presented the mishoon to the museum in a ceremony at the NMAI Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, Md.
“As a museum dedicated to the history and culture of Native American communities,
we’re delighted to welcome a creation like this one that represents
a living tradition among the Wampanoag.”
Director of the National Museum of the American Indian
“We have learned a great deal through our partnership with Plimoth Plantation. The gift of this invaluable artifact will add depth to
our collections and help us expand our educational offerings.”
Harold A. Closter,
Director of Smithsonian Affiliations
by native people from Plymouth, MA to Martha's Vineyard
in a mishoon in 2009
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