Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts - Rhode Island, 1653
Title: Weetamoo: Heart of the Pocassets, Massachusetts - Rhode Island, 1653
Author: Patricia Clark Smith
The 1653-1654 diary of a fourteen-year-old Pocasset Indian girl, destined to become a leader of her tribe, describes how her life changes with the seasons, after a ritual fast she undertakes, and with her tribe’s interaction with the English “Coat-men” of the nearby Plymouth Colony.
Lexile Level: 1050
Guided Reading Level: V
It is 1654 in New England, native land of Algonquin tribes, among them the Pocasset, Wampanoag, and Narrangansett people. The pilgrims—called Coat-men by the Wampanoag—have settled here in the natives’ territory at Patuxit, a place that the Pilgrims have renamed Plymouth. Weetamoo’s father, Corbitant, is sachem, or chief, of the Pocassets. He is mistrustful of the colonists and imparts his beliefs about them to his daughter, who is next in line to become chief. Weetamoo must learn the fundamental values and disciplines of a true Pocasset chief.