The Highly Anticipated Release of “The Historical Footprints of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians” Scheduled for Summer 2011
(March, 2011) We are pleased to announce that Dr. Chester P. Soliz ("Blue Duck"), an elder of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Cape Cod, has successfully completed a personal project that he holds dear to his heart; the daunting and equally rewarding challenge of chronicling the history of his tribe. Scheduled for a June 1, 2011 release date, his book, "The Historical Footprints of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians” discloses the real events surrounding the history of the tribe that famously "welcomed the Pilgrims" and inadvertently created the national holiday known as Thanksgiving. Americans are aware of the holiday yet few, for example, even know the name of the tribe present at the first Thanksgiving, the true origins of that holiday and what really happened.
Never before has there been a written or published work that documents the history of the Wampanoag Tribe in as detailed and comprehensive a manner as "The Historical Footprints of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians" achieves. For the first time ever, a native author shares with you the factual history and fascinating evolution of his ancestors, the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians, from their very beginning to the present day. With an authoritative voice and vibrant text that brings the history alive, ancient cartography and rich colorful pictorials of the tribe's past and present, "The Historical Footprints of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians" recounts the history and survival of this nation's first tribe, known as the "People of the First Light," in vivid detail.
"The Historical Footprints of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians" tells the timeless story of a widely unexamined people, whom many in America, even today, view as almost mythical. The reader is taken on an exhilarating journey starting with the early Pilgrim settlers through the great Indian wars, a proud and ultimately tragic account of the Wampanoag’s last stand against the white man to retain their land rights, culture, and way of life.
View history for the first time through the eyes of the original founders of this nation, the Wampanoag people. Manipulated and deceived, they endured tragedy during the hostile takeover of their sacred lands but generation after generation fought and persevered until they ultimately triumphed and rose once again receiving Federal Recognition that was long overdue. This band from the Algonquin Nation has sustained centuries of hardships, but through their perseverance, courage, grace and the omnipresence of their Creator, the Khietan, the Wampanoag have not only survived, but today, thrive as a people.
For those who are proud to claim Wampanoag ancestry, this isn’t a history book, it’s your photo album and your personal journal to pass down to your children and their children for generations to come. For everyone else, we invite you and we welcome you to join us on what is sure to be an enlightening study of an essential piece of the American portrait. Join us and take a walk in our footprints.
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