The name of the tribe that the Massasoit Osamequin led at the time he met the Pilgrims in 1621 is often referred to as the “Wampanoag” when in fact that name did not exist at the time. Click here for a 17-minute YouTube video presentation about the tribal designations. Click here for the PowerPoint slides used in the video.
The name “Wampanoag” was not used until the time of the King Philip War in 1675-76 to designate the group of tribes that fought against the English. It was later adopted by an assemblage of Christian Indians on the Cape in the town of Mashpee, which was never a tribe, when they formed the Wampanoag Indian Federation in 1928.