Wampanoag Traditional Boat Making Demonstration
Aquinnah Cultural Center
Contact: Linda Coombs
Address: 35 Aquinnah Circle
Phone: (508) 645-7900
Email: [email protected]
Admission fee: $5 adults; $3 children; $3seniors
Sponsors: Cape Cod 5 Bank
Benefit for: Aquinnah Cultural Center
This demonstration involves the traditional methods of making a boat or dugout canoe (mishoon in the Wampanoag language) by using fire as the main tool to shape the boat from a log. Wampanoag people used this method for thousands of years before contact with Europeans, making boats as large as 60 feet long and wide enough to hold 2 men abreast.
Also view a short film on a mishoon trip from Falmouth on the Cape to Martha’s Vineyard, a distance of 5 miles. Made in 2002, this trip was the first made in a traditional boat in 200 years.