How an alliance was formed and broken

This Re-informed film looks at what happened when the Mayflower passengers first met the Native American people on whose land they had chosen to settle. Darius Coombs, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and Richard Pickering, deputy director of Plimoth Patuxet Museums, both leading thinkers and historians on the relationship between the two groups, talk in this eleven-minute video.

The video considers how did an alliance form between these two groups of people and what led to it being broken and ultimately end in war.

(Above) William Davidson, one of Queen Elizabeth’s three secretaries of state, is pictured above as is Pocahantas (Rebecca Rolfe) who was considered Native royalty by the English, which is how she was treated when she came to England in 1616.

The 11-minute film studies a moment in history when these two groups stood side by side, why the Indigenous people were rightfully wary of the ship having been devastated by previous encounters and how the relationship broke down as the years wore on.