October 30th, 2010
Members of Plimoth Plantation’s Wampanoag Indigenous Program are participating in a “Sacred Paddle” to the Boston Harbor Islands to commemorate the anniversary of the 1675 forced removal of American Indians by European colonists.
The 20-mile trip along the Charles River in a traditional vessel called a mishoon, is to honor the more than 500 American Indians who died due to the removal. The Sacred Paddle will carry citizens of the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Nipmuc tribes from Brighton to Deer Island.
The Indigenous people who died in 1675, mostly Nipmuc, were forced to Deer Island after the outbreak of King Phillip’s War. It is alleged that Deer Island became the first colonial internment camp.