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The Wampanoag environment in Massachusetts

Q: I need to find out how living in Massachusetts influenced the Wampanoag's culture. If you could help I would appreciate it.

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A: People's cultures depend on the environment they live in. In ancient times, all of Massachusetts was a big forest. The Wampanoag people used the large trees from the forest to make dugout canoes. They also used wood and bark to make their houses. They harvested plants that grow in Massachusetts, such as pumpkins, squash, beans, and Indian corn, and they hunted animals that live in Massachusetts, such as deer, turkeys, and fish. They also made their clothes from deerskin, and they made jewelry from the shells they found on the Massachusetts coast.

You can learn more about the Wampanoags (including clothing, games played by the children, and how Wampanoag people live today) at our website http://www.geocities.com/bigorrin/wampanoag_kids.htm.

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