Welcome to Native Languages of the Americas!
You have reached the
Native American Indian states section of our website,
a new educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states.
Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history
of each Massachusetts tribe, or scroll below the map for Massachusetts Indian activities including a wordsearch,
fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages
of Massachusetts. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!
American Indians in Massachusetts
Did you know the name "Massachusetts" is an Algonquian Indian word? It comes from the
Wampanoag word Massachuset, which means "by the range of hills."
The Wampanoag Indians were not the only native people of this region, however.
The original inhabitants of the area that is now Massachusetts included: