Massasoit Ousamequin and Edward Winslow: A Reflection on 400 Years

Po Menuhkesu Menenok, Historian of the Pokanoket Tribe/Pokanoket Nation (above, left) and Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Patuxet Museums (above, right), offered reflections on the 400th anniversary of Plymouth Colony leader Edward Winslow’s second visit to Sowams, the home of Pokanoket Massasoit Ousamequin. The presentation was held in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center at Roger Williams University March 22, 2023. Click here for a 85-minute YouTube video of their talk.

Roger Williams University Associate Professor of History Charlotte Carrington-Farmer introduced Mr. Pickering to an audience of over 50 people that included several members of the Pokanoket Tribe. Pickering described how he imagined Edward Winslow might have been feeling when he traveled to Sowams to administer aid to the ailing Massasoit in March, 1623, an act that cemented their friendship for the next forty years. That event is described in great detail by Edward Winslow in the 1624 book, Good Newes from New England

Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed then introduced Po Menuhkesu Menenok (Strong Turtle) who shared the perspective of the Pokanokets who were still recovering from a devastating pandemic that killed up to 90 percent of their people when this event occurred.

(Above, left) Dr. Carrington-Farmer poses some questions of the speakers regarding how the story was told to the English back in London. (Above, center and right) The speakers pose for a photo following the presentation and converse with members of the audience, including the Pokanoket Sagamore Po Wauipi Neimpaug (Winds of Thunder).

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Click here for the Warren Times article about the event.