3-Walk Series: Explore the Native
Lands of Monomoyick Territory
(see walk descriptions below)
Sponsored by Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT), Chatham Conservation Foundation, and Orleans Conservation Trust, join 12th generation Cape Codder Todd Kelley and native Nipmuc/Wampanoag Marcus Hendricks for a fascinating series of walks describing the natural landscapes of three specific locations within the centuries old Monomoyick Territory. Explore the historic stories that transpired on each of these lands at the time of European first contact. Consider the lives of the First People and how dramatically their lives and the land itself were influenced and altered during this brief window of time in the seventeenth century.
$45.00 for the series (if you join one or all three walks, it’s a one-time fee of $45.00)
Advance registration (payment) is required. Space is limited.
Please register (pay by credit card using the fields on the right).
Directions will be emailed with registration (payment) confirmation.
· Saturday, September 8th, 10:00 a.m. – noon
RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 9th, same time
Samuel de Champlain at Seaquanset 1606
Walk the barrier beach at Ragged Neck and learn about Champlain’s arrival to Stage Harbor in 1606. Consider the story of how this area was named Port Fortune by the Europeans for their “good fortune” of being helped by the natives to reach safe harbor and make ship repairs. But then consider how that port of good luck quickly became identified as “Place of Mishappenstance”. Also learn how the seasonal lives of the First People at Seaquanset earned this body of water the name Stage Harbor.
· Saturday, September 15th, 10:00 a.m. – noon
RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 16th, same time
Tisquantum and Bradford at Monomoit Bay 1622
Explore the land once known as Captain Jeethro’s farm and visit the feasting site overlook that Squanto and Bradford likely visited when they came into Pleasant Bay to negotiate for corn in 1622. Learn how this area was the seat of the greater Monomoyick Homeland and how it held onto this ancient legacy up through the last unbroken blood-line of Hosey Stephen (d. 1800) and her husband Micah Rafe (d. 1816).
· Saturday, September 22nd, 10:00 – noon
RAIN DATE: Sunday, Sept. 23rd, same time
Pompmo and the Legend of Paw Wah Pond 1643
Walk the short trail at Paw Wah Point and learn how this area became known as Portanimicut just after the Nauset Purchase of 1643. We will discuss the historic and social significance of Portanimicut as it emerged as the last native community stronghold east of the Bass River. Intertwined in this story is the life of Pompmo and the “Legend of Paw Wah’s Pond”, through which, we will consider the First People’s perspective on relationship and responsibility to community, the land itself, and all creatures that live upon it.