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The Wampanoag

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How did a Wampanoag man named Squanto help early English settlers in North America?

He taught them how to fish the region's waters and raise certain crops.

Inside, You'll Find:

Roles of Wampanoag leaders;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what nearly wiped out the Wampanoag in 1616;

Surprising TRUE facts that ...

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Overview

How did a Wampanoag man named Squanto help early English settlers in North America?

He taught them how to fish the region's waters and raise certain crops.

Inside, You'll Find:

Roles of Wampanoag leaders;

Maps, a timeline, photos-and what nearly wiped out the Wampanoag in 1616;

Surprising TRUE facts that will shock and amaze you!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Patrick Hunter
A bright and colorful series that presents information about the Wampanoag in a way different from other books on the subject that sadly falls victim to the white-man mentally of sexism and savage Indians. Grabbing your attention with two True or False statements at the start, readers learn about the Wampanoag who lived in southern Massachusetts; their interactions and wars with the English immigrants who were settling into the area; Wampanoag culture, life and leadership as well as a brief final chapter about the Wampanoag today. All this is accompanied by colorful photos and illustrations as well as captions written in colored font of varying sizes, which helps to draw the eye and keep your interest. Unfortunately, the text is peppered liberally with subtly skewed messages lest you begin to admire the natives too much or view the Pilgrims as anything less than heroic. Among these are the caption that reads "Squanto called himself Tisquantum, meaning "great anger" (see kids, even though he helped, he was still "savage" by his own declaration); The Pilgrims just found some corn when they landed that was "left behind" (in actuality, the corn belonged to existing natives, so the Pilgrims were really stealing); a discussion of how land was inherited though a mother's family, but a man might "take more wives...to add to his wealth and power" (see kids, men were powerful, woman kept house); and probably worst of all: "on rare occasions, women were [leaders]" (don't get any ideas that you can be a leader either girls, ?cuz it's rare and you probably will only be a figurehead anyway. Remember to be a pretty one!). If you are interested in both wasting your money while damaging the self-esteem of the girls in your school or library, then by all means, by this book. If you want something that doesn't carry those messages look elsewhere. Included are a glossary, other resources, websites and places to visit. Part of the "A True Book" series. Reviewer: Patrick Hunter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531293089
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: A True Book
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 262,935
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 A Place in History

How did the Wampanoag and European settlers shape each other's history? 7

2 The Wampanoag and the English

Who was Massasoit and how did he make peace? 13

3 Wampanoag Culture

What roles did men and women play in Wampanoag life? 23

The Big Truth!

Making the Wetu

How did the Wampanoag keep their homes warm and dry? 26

4 Weetamoo the Sachem

Who was this colorful Wampanoag woman? 33

5 Voices From the Past

How do the Wampanoag speak to us today? 39

True Statistics 43

Resources 44

Important Words 46

Index 47

About the Authors 48

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