Pokanoket Sachem Dancing Star tells the story of the Three Sisters

(Above) Pokanoket Sachem Tracey “Dancing Star” Brown (Po Pummukoank Anogqs) tells the story of the Three Sisters along the shore of Mount Hope Bay. Click here for a two-minute video by Roger Williams University of the story of the Three Sisters in her own words.


(Above) The Three Sisters sit along the shoreline of Potumtuk or “the Lookout” of Mount Hope near the Seat of Metacom in today’s Bristol, RI.


Three Sisters of corn, beans, and squash that provide nourishment from the garden to the eagle and wild deer, the Pokanoket are connected to their relatives through the Earth and all of its creations. The vivid stories that nature provides for the Pokanoket are integral to their spirituality.


The story of the Three Sisters tells how the Creator sent three messengers with the gifts of corn, beans and squash to feed the Pokanoket people. As they waved to the people from the shoreline, they turned to stone. The story is a reminder that the Creator will provide everything that we need.


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