Mayflower 400 "Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

To mark the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage, Mayflower 400 releases a new short film "Our" Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

About Mayflower 400

Mayflower 400 is the four hundred commemoration of the historic voyage and impact of the ship, passengers and crew to America in 1620.

The Mayflower 400 programme of arts, education and cultural activities includes everything from community events through to major exhibitions, performances and plays reflecting the history around the voyage with the majority being free for people to attend.

With over 30 million people being able to trace their ancestry to the people on the ship, the Mayflower 400 commemorations will involve four nations, Netherlands, UK, USA and the Wampanoag Nation.

Prior to the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England, Mayflower history was written in many towns and cities -each of them detailed in the Mayflower trail. The trail includes Austerfield,Scrooby & Babworth, Gainsborough, Boston, Immingham, Worcestershire,Chorley, Dorking, Leiden, Holland, Harwich, Rotherhithe, City of London, Southampton, Dartmouth, Plymouth and Plymouth, USA. All of these locations play a collective part in the story of the Mayflower and the people involved.

Go to www.mayflower400.org.uk for the latest information on events and stories around this landmark year for England.

Our Story: 400 Years of Wampanoag History

As part of the Mayflower 400 campaign the short film offers a virtual tour of 'Our' story: 400 years of Wampanoag history, a new exhibit in Massachusetts, hosted by Plymouth 400. Known as the 'people of first light', those who were first to encounter the Pilgrims from the Mayflower Voyage, this unprecedented exhibit reveals little-known historic and cultural realities of the Wampanoag people.

The Wampanoag People have lived in southeastern Massachusetts for more than 12,000 years. They are the tribe first encountered by Mayflower Pilgrims when they landed in Province town harbour and explored the eastern coast of Cape Cod and when they continued on to Patuxet (Plymouth) to establish Plymouth Colony. For 2020, the anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, America is commemorating the journey and the founding of Plymouth Colony, a story that cannot be told without the perspective of the indigenous people who were here as that ship arrived and who still remain.

The exhibit is part of Plymouth 400, Inc.'s Signature Programs and Events and, until the pandemics, had been travelling throughout New England to various museums, schools, community centres, festivals and even the Massachusetts State House.

New chapters of Wampanoag history have been added each year, with the final chapter due later this fall.

The short film is available after premiering last week on the Mayflower 400 website and the Plymouth 400 Facebook page.