Wampanoag Indians heritage from Wampanoag Advisors and The Children's Museum, Boston. An appropriate understanding of Wampanoag culture, history, and heritage from the voices of Wampanoag people.

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER FROM THE WAMPANOAG.

  Gwa! Gwa! Gwa!

Now the time has come! Hear us, Lord of the Sky!

 We are here to speak the truth, for you do not hear lies,

We are your children, Lord of the Sky.

Now begins the Gayant' gogwus

 This sacred fire and sacred tobacco

And through this smoke We offer our prayers

 We are your children, Lord of the Sky.

 Now in the beginning of all things

 You provided that we inherit your creation

 You said: I shall make the earth on which people shall live

 And they shall look to the earth as their mother

 And they shall say, "It is she who supports us."

 You said that we should always be thankful

 For our earth and for each other

So it is that we are gathered here

 We are your children, Lord of the Sky.

 Now again the smoke rises And again we offer prayers

 You said that food should be placed beside us

 And it should be ours in exchange for our labor.

You thought that ours should be a world

 where green grass of many kinds should grow

 You said that some should be medicines

 And that one should be Ona'o the sacred food, our sister corn

 You gave to her two clinging sisters beautiful Oa'geta,our sister beans

 and bountiful Nyo'sowane, our sister squash

The three sacred sisters; they who sustain us.

 This is what you thought, Lord of the Sky.

 Thus did you think to provide for us

And you ordered that when the warm season comes,

That we should see the return of life

And remember you, and be thankful,

 and gather here by the sacred fire.

 So now again the smoke arises

We the people offer our prayers

We speak to you through the rising smoke

 We are thankful, Lord of the Sky.

(Liberally translated) Chuck Larsen,

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