Plymouth, MA – While genealogy is used by most tribal groups today, most Native people still hold on to and follow traditional means of tracing family lineages. On August 15, Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal member Linda Coombs’ presentation will center on what these means are and how they function in both traditional society and in today’s world.
With forty-five years as a museum educator, Linda worked eleven years at the Boston Children’s Museum, thirty years in the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, and nine years at the Aquinnah Cultural Center. She has developed and worked on all aspects of a wide variety of exhibits.
An interpreter, an artisan, and a researcher, Linda has led workshops and teacher institutes, and has written children’s stories and articles on various aspects of Wampanoag history and culture.
“The goal of all my work continues to be the communication of accurate and appropriate representations about the history, cultures, and people of the Wampanoag and other Indigenous nations,” said Coombs.
A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe on Martha’s Vineyard, Linda has lived in Mashpee for more than forty years. Her two grandchildren are enrolled with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, as was their father and grandfather.
Her lecture will occur on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 pm at the Mayflower Society House, located at 4 Winslow Street in Plymouth, just off North Street.
About the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD)
Founded in 1897, The Mayflower Society, or General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with international headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Member Societies are located in every American state, District of Columbia, Canada, and Europe. Membership requires proof of lineage from any passenger who traveled to America in 1620 on the Mayflower. Its mission is to educate the public about the Mayflower story and its impact on Western civilization, and to uphold the highest standards of genealogy research in verifying Mayflower Pilgrim lineage. The society operates the historic Mayflower Society House, the National Pilgrim Memorial Meetinghouse, and a genealogy research library at its Plymouth headquarters. It publishes books to encourage scholarship about the Mayflower story as well as the lineage books, Mayflower Families Through Generations, that document five or more generations from Mayflower passengers.