Historic Preservation Seeks Images and Memorabilia from the first National Day of Mourning


The Tribal Historic Preservation Department is working with the Smithsonian to develop an exhibit, while creating opportunities for Tribal members to be involved throughout the development process. To support the project, Tribal Members are asked to send photos and memorabilia from the first two years of the National Day of Mourning. For more information, please contact David Weeden, interim tribal historic preservation officer (THPO)/Director, at David.weeden@mwtribe-nsn.gov.


The exhibit that’s being planned as of now is relatively small and will relate to the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Patuxet. The Museum is committed to an interpretation of the event that reflects Native perspectives. Initial conversation between the Historic Preservation Department and the Smithsonian have focues on the best way to engage the Mashpee community in the development of a non-celebratory exhibit exploring the myths of the Separatists’ arrival in 1620. The premise of the exhibit is to expose myths of the colonists’ arrival.  

In addition, there are efforts being made to allow translations of the content of the exhibit case to also serve as educational material for the community, and establish opportunities through the newly created Native Studies Fellowship for interested community members to consider applying next year.