Wampanoag celebration set for Saturday at Salt Pond Visitor Center

Artisan demonstrations and traditional singing and dancing will delight all ages
The interactive performance by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers will have everybody up and moving. Photo courtesy of CCNS.

On Saturday, May 31, the Cape Cod National Seashore will host a celebration of Wampanoag culture at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham. The fun will begin at 10 a.m. with skilled artisans from the Wampanoag communities of Mashpee and Aquinnah discussing and demonstrating their traditional crafting skills.

Several of the five participating artisans created objects for the Salt Pond Visitor Center permanent museum exhibit, "People of the First Light", when it opened three years ago, according to a CCNS release.

Elizabeth Perry will be weaving techniques, Kitty Hendricks-Miller will be demonstrating cooking and food preparation and Kerri Helme will be creating pottery.

The demonstrations will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will also be traditional games and other interactive fun for families and kids.

A highlight of the celebration will be an interactive dance and singing performance by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers at 1:30 p.m. It will be hard for folks to sit still during this energetic program.

The events of the day are free and appropriate for all ages. The celebration is sponsored by Eastern National, CCNS's education partner.

The Salt Pond Visitor Center is off Route 6 at 50 Nauset Road in Eastham, 508-255-3421.

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