- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Long before the Pilgrims sat down to their first harvest celebration — better known as the Thanksgiving feast — in 1621, the Wampanoag Indians native to New England already were in the practice of offering thanks. Through daily prayer and formal ceremonies throughout the year, the tribe displayed their gratitude, later inspiring what would become a quintessential American holiday. Today at the National Museum of the American Indian (at 10:30 a.m., and 1 and 3 p.m.), Aquinnah Wampanoag Indian Tobias Vanderhoop will host performances that demonstrate his tribe’s early thanking practices. Those who attend will hear oration and song, feel the pulse of drums and watch dance and dramatic renderings that seek to educate and entertain. Shows are free and take place in the museum’s Rasmuson Theater (first level) at Fourth and Independence streets Southwest. For more information, call 202/633-1000 or visit www.americanindian.si.edu.s

Jenny Mayo

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