Wam·​pa·​no·​ag ˈwäm-pə-ˌnäg How to pronounce Wampanoag (audio) ˌwäm-pə-ˈnō-(ˌ)ag How to pronounce Wampanoag (audio)
plural Wampanoag or Wampanoags
: a member of an Algonquian-speaking Indigenous people of southeastern Massachusetts and adjacent parts of Rhode Island

Examples of Wampanoag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hoover was with her boyfriend at the time, who is Wampanoag. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Edgartown Police, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution also were participating. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 But there was joy in having something to teach them, to share with them, to connect them not only to a generational tradition but also to the history of the land, where the Mashpee Wampanoag used to harvest from these same waters — and still do. Kim Gooden, New York Times, 9 Jan. 2024 At the first Thanksgiving in 1621, English settlers and members of the Wampanoag tribe gathered in Plymouth, Mass., to celebrate the harvest. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2023 In 1621, Pilgrims shared a feast with the Wampanoag people, which was recounted in a letter written by settler Edward Winslow. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 23 Nov. 2023 In the fall of 1621, 90 members of the indigenous Wampanoag tribe joined 52 English pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to mark a successful harvest at the time of the ancient Hebrew holiday of Succoth. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 So far, race organizers have raised about $10,000 each year for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, in an effort to support a group whose experience needs to be shared. Taylor Dutch, Outside Online, 23 Nov. 2022 The community has been the home of the Wampanoag people for thousands of years, and their headquarters remain here to this day. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History


Narragansett, literally, easterners

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Wampanoag was in 1676

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“Wampanoag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wampanoag. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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