Saturday, May 11, 2024

Times: Coggeshall Farm Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Tribe will be on-site from 10:00 to 2:00.

Cost: Pre-registration is highly encouraged. There is no admission fee, but a cash donation for the tribe will be taken on-site. Suggested amount is $10.

Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, RI

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Visit Coggeshall Farm Museum and learn about the Pokanoket Tribe.  Tribe members will lead story telling, drumming and dancing.  Hear about the Pokanoket Tribe’s connection to the land and about the history of the Tribe.

Coggeshall Farm Museum is not charging admission on this date, but pre-registration is requested for planning purposes. Click here to pre-register.

A cash donation (suggested amount of $10) for the tribe will be taken on-site.

Historical Background:

When the Massasoit Ousamequin (Yellow Feather) first met the Pilgrims in what is now Plymouth, MA in 1621, he was living forty miles to the southwest in an area known as Sowams. These lands and waters have proven to be a bountiful resource for those making this area their home.

In the years that followed, the unsold native land was occupied by colonists, and nearly all of the remaining Aboriginal population was either enslaved or moved onto reservations. Over the next 150 years, towns were laid out in what was once Sowams, and nearly all traces of its original inhabitants were erased. What followed were years of continual development, the growth of towns, and the gradual loss of much of the original natural abundance that the colonists first encountered.

While we cannot undo history, we can continue efforts to identify, preserve, and protect the open spaces and water that still remain, to locate places of importance to the Indigenous people, to identify markers that signal the historical transition, and to reduce the unrelenting pace of development that could devour what is left of this beautiful land.

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Coggeshall Farm Museum acknowledges that we are on the ancestral homeland of the original Pokanoket Tribe, with the original territory of the Pokanoket Nation, their home 10,000 years prior to settler colonization. Let this acknowledgment serve as a reminder of our ongoing efforts to recognize, honor, reconcile, and partner with the Pokanoket people, whose lands and water we benefit from today.