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Cranberry Day: Traditional Harvest Festivals

Harvest ceremonies and festivals have been an integral part of Wampanoag lifeways for thousands of years. The Wampanoag practiced daily and seasonal traditions of giving thanks long before the encounter with English settlers in 1620 and the formation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday. Learn the significance of Cranberry Day for the Aquinnah Wampanoag and the importance of harvest traditions among Wampanoag communities today.

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grades   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13+
Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Aquinnah, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, Wampanoag
English Language Arts, Social Studies
Northeast, Northeastern Atlantic Coast, North America
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1: American Indian Cultures
For millennia, American Indians have shaped and been shaped by their culture and environment. Elders in each generation teach the next generation their values, traditions, and beliefs through their own tribal languages, social practices, arts, music, ceremonies, and customs.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
American Indian cultures have always adapted and changed in response to environmental, economic, social, and other factors. American Indian cultures and people are fully engaged in the modern world.

3: People, Places & Environments
For thousands of years, Indigenous people have studied, managed, honored, and thrived in their homelands. These foundations continue to influence American Indian relationships and interactions with the land today.