We Are The Land is the story of The Wampanoag Nation told by them through singing, dance and spoken word.
The Wampanoag have been stewarding their land for over 10,000 years across several of the Eastern States of the USA including Massachusetts. Their land was the land the Pilgrim Fathers landed on and colonised, creating settlements that established modern America to the detriment of the Wampanoag nation.
The voice of the Wampanoag was silenced. But they are the land, and We Are The Land is an opportunity to understand their relationship to the soil, how it was taken away and how the tribe have re-established themselves written and performed by the tribe, for the first time in history.
Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 2.45pm
Wampanoag Takeover: Colonisation and Its Impact by Linda Coombs
An afternoon in The Drum with Linda Coombs, author, historian, and culture keeper from the Wampanoag Tribe
Tuesday 25th April 2023 at 7.45pm
Wampanoag Takeover: Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers
This is an evening of Eastern Social Song and Dance (which often requires participation!) It represents the Wampanoag communities of Aquinnah, Mashpee and Herring Pond.
Join the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers as they perform music, dance, tell stories. Throughout the performance, the audience is encouraged to join the performers in song and dance to experience the spirit of Wampanoag history, culture, and traditions first-hand.
Wednesday 26th April 2023 at 2.45pm
Wampanoag Takeover: Mashpee Nine Film screening
Film Showing and Q&A with Paula Peters (author of Mashpee Nine).
On the night of 29th July 1976, a group of nine young Wampanoag men were confronted, brutally beaten and arrested by 30 police officers dressed in riot gear. These men were not out to cause trouble; they were not seeking to offend anyone. They were simply celebrating their cultural heritage and history in a way that newcomers to the town of Mashpee did not understand.
This incident involving evolved into a high-profile trial of nine young men arrested. Defended by one of the American Indian Movement’s most skilled and dogged attorneys.
Some 40 years later, the legacy of this story lives on in a book by Paula Peters titled ‘Mashpee Nine: A Story of Cultural Justice’. The young men targeted by police on that fateful night are now elders, yet the incident is not widely known outside of the Mashpee Wampanoag.
This short documentary film recovers the story of the Mashpee Nine and will be presented in The Drum, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker, Paula Peters.
Thursday 27th April 2023 – 2.45pm
Wampanoag Takeover: Conservation and Land Ownership
Conserving The Future – an afternoon lecture about a project to preserve the Nantucket oyster reef and salt marsh. The area is critical for many reasons, not least to enable the traditional crafts the Wampanoag Nation are known for to continue. The afternoon will include a summary of the ecological imperative of the project and why it is cultural significant for the Wampanoag. With Jim Peters
Thursday 27th April 2023 – 7:45pm
Wampanoag Takeover: An Evening of Wampanoag Music and Spoken Word
The Wampanoag Nation is renowned for its wealth of musicians and creatives. This evening will celebrate that with an array of artists from the Wampanoag Nation sharing their craft. The evening will include singers and songwriters, musical improvisation, spoken word artists and Wampanoag Hip Hop Artist, Asa Peters, with more artists to be announced.
Pay As You Decide.
Please be aware that tickets are allocated first come, first served with best available seating.