August, 2009

Wampanoag Homesite Garden Looking Great!

August 30th, 2009 by Tim

garden

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to show you how well the garden looks today.  Looks great to me what about you ? make a comment at the end of the blog let me know what you think.  

We planted the corn on the weekend of May 25th and ran in to a little problem, and I mean little ,Chipmunks ate all of the seeds after we went home for the day.  Then the girls planted again, and it rained off and on for the next two weeks, so the seed roted in the ground and they had to plant again. 

This is how the garden looks like after the third planting with some time to grow .  I want to thanks the girls for all of your determination and hard work in the garden nice job !  The corn got a hand high and then they planted beans and squash,water melon,sunflowers and pumpkins too. 

 We have been picking  green corn, green beans and summer squash and using it in our food we cook in the homesite.  There is nothing like eating food you grew and how fresh it tastes mm mm good.

Well let me leave you with some pictures (click on read more of post) then make a comment on this blog by clicking on comment and let me know what you think.

Thanks see ya!

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There is Meaning in the Path Way to the Wampanoag Homesite.

August 25th, 2009 by Tim

 

stones 

Hello Everyone,

I have for awhile wanted to talk about this because most visitors to the museum might of missed this.  If you walk down our new path way to the Wampanoag Homesite you will see this group of stone’s at the turn to the homesite and you might walk right by with out a thought , but these stones are very important and are their for a reason. 

This is a gathering circle and would of been a meditative spot for Native people and a place to rest for them too.  These stones are placed in a the four cardinal directions north, south,east and west.   The four cardinal directions had meaning to Indigenous people then and today. 

Their is a large white stone and it faces the east.  That is quartz stone.  The Wampanoag are the people of the east and quartz was a stone they used a lot here in the east.

I see lots of visitor’s sitting here and that’s great,  but i don’t think they know why this was here ,  I hope they know now.  It  is a great spot to rest.

I used a guide that plimoth plantation had made up to help  me with this post,  it’s called” voice of the land “  thank you to those who helped write this.

hope you visit us soon!

Tim

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It’s a Boy! Congradulations Alex and Dylan!

August 21st, 2009 by Tim

Alex and Dylan

Hey everyone,

I don’t know  if you can tell in this picture but Alex is pregnant, she was 6 months pregnant at that time, that’s Dylan with her.  If you also visited Plimoth Plantation you might of seen her in the homesite.  I am very happy to report to all of you, that Alex had a baby boy on 8/19/09 at 9 :53 pm, he is 7lb 2 oz and 20 inches long and everyone is doing  just  fine.  Congratulation’s Alex and Dylan on the birth of your first child we at Plimoth are very happy for you.  I cant wait to see all of them.  Thanks everyone good luck Alex and Dylan.

Thanks

Tim

Our Boat we worked on 24 hour’s a day till it was Done!

August 19th, 2009 by Tim

boatoneHey eveyrone,

Here’s a boat we made in the traditional way on the Wampanoag Homesite.  Thank you Hartman and Jonathan for your work on this project.  This is a  boat we worked on by working 24 hours a day till it was done.   We don’t do this today all the time at the museum.  This is  the way we would of done this in the 1600′s.   We did this by burning the tree’s down and than burning them out.  This boat was made out of pine, but we also made the out of chestnut and oak too.  This boat was made in  4 and a half days burnig the whole leight at one time 24 hours a day.     We use fire alot in the 17th century, we used fire to burn the wood to leight and to hollow wood out too.   I have made lots of boats with fire here at plimoth plantation.  I have worked at Plimoth Plantation now for 20 years now and we make 2 boats a year every vear .   When the boats are done we sell them to museums and sometime we put them in the river  for us to use too.

Thanks

Tim

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Neeswetu Roof Done, working On The Ends Now!

August 15th, 2009 by Tim

wetufront_newsizeHello everyone,

I wanted to show you the progress we have made on the Neeswetu so here go’s hope you like what I wrote.

I guess I should first tell you everything we do on the site is done slowly.  We do this so as many visitors can see it as possible because we don’t do a lot of these things every year.   We only  building houses every 3 to 5 years.

We have finished the top of the house, what we call the cap, witch is the very top of the house.   We are now working on the ends of the neeswetu and will be the last step in roofing the house.

This house will have flat ends not round like some of the other houses on the homesite.   The bark we are using is Popular bark and today, we go to Waldorf  Maryland to get big sheets of bark today to a saw mill that select cuts in a forest that has 100 year old trees.

I have posted some picture below click on read the rest of the post blow to see them.  I also would like you to comment on the blog click comment and leave me your comment and I will answer you.

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what’s cooking in the Wampanoag Homesite?

August 13th, 2009 by Tim

cookingatthehomesiteHey Eveyone,

I thought I might talk about food this time.   We have not talked about food before,  just a little on the strawberrry thanksgiving post.   The summer for the Wampanoag would of been all about fish and shellfish for food.  At This time of year you would of had just a little corn for seed left,  and you would of used that seed for planting.

This picture has a striped bass roasting over the fire in the homesite.  Fish and shellfish would of been something you ate alot of in the summer time.  This fish is roasting on a spit or a sharp stick over the fire.

We could of  made a big fire and spread out the coal’s and raped the striped bass with clay and let it dry, then bake the fish in clay on the coals too, mm so good done this way!.

Shell fish would of been smoked to save it for winter time.  In the winter you would of moved in land away from the ocean and smokeing shell fish would keep it all winter long.

That’s a little about food I will post more about food as we go here hope this gives you a little look at food, I promiss more to come on this.

thanks

Tim

Tim as Toesowet Role Playing in The Pilgrim Village

August 7th, 2009 by Tim

toesowet

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to talk about my other love besides the blog of course, is when I get to go up to the Pilgrim village and do some role playing.  This is a picture of me playing the role of a native man Toesowet.

Toesowet was a Native from the 17th century from pokannocket ( bristleRI today) here I am with Governor Bradford in the Pligrim village last week.  We were doing a little fur trading this time .

I sometimes go up to the pilgrim village with other staff from the Wampanoag homesite too,  I try to get them use to doing it.  I love going in to the pilgrim village,  I have a lot of fun taking on my character and I really almost feel like different person when I am up there, I am Toesowet !

Who is Toesowet you say?  Well that whats great there is not much known about him so I can make some things up about him like dose he have a wife and kids and that’s helpful for me.  I don’t get to do this a lot but when I do it’s so fun.

Thanks for the read guys hey send me a comment love to here from you.  I am going to try to do some video blogs and written blogs a mix of  both.

Do you have any Ideas for a blog you want me to talk about ?  Please let me know, tell me if you want a written blog or video blog.  I would love to here from you all.

Thanks again

Tim

Tour of the Wampanoag Homesite

August 4th, 2009 by Tim

Somthing fishy was going on at Plimoth Plantation in July!

August 1st, 2009 by Tim

Hello Readers,

First let me say to you  thank you,  last month we went over 500 feeds or subscriptions to the blog and that’s awesome.  I am so very happy with the blog and I am being reassured by you the readers who are subscribing to the blog,  so thank you very much again.

Last month we at Plimoth Plantation took every Tuesday in July to talk about fishing and the importance of that for the Wampanoags and the Pilgrims in the 17th century.  Both sites  talked about the importance of fish and the ways we caught fish.  One of the things we did on the Wampanoag Homesite was to make a fishing net, this was a great success we got two nets done thought the month.  The nets were about 15 foot long but not even close to what our ancestor’s would of made, they made nets like ours some 600 foot long and put them out along the ocean at low tide.  We made those nets out of basswood bark (the iner bark) that was twisted in to cordage and was very strong.  We also display different tools for fishing like fish hooks, spears, dip nets and large traps called weirs.  The nets were made by tying lots of slip knots it is more repetitive then skill but work very well.  I will leave you with a picture of one of the nets we made after we hung in the house when it was done.  Thank you again.

Tim

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