Fresh from karate and ballet classes, children gathered around with open ears and eager hands as Annawon Weeden, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, brought traditional Native American dance and activities to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology on Saturday.
Children marveled at the Eastern Woodland culture, taking in the vibrant blue hues of the jewelry and the impressive size of the animal skins. Weeden, affiliated with both his mother’s native Mashpee Wapanoag community on Cape Cod and his father’s Narragansett origins in Charleston, Rhode Island, has a wealth of knowledge about the two communities to which he belongs.
RR: What are you making right now?
Kyle: A blue salmon.
RR: Are salmon normally blue?
Kyle: I think they’re salmon-colored.
RR: Right you are! Is that your favorite fish?
Kyle: No. Salmon taste funny, and they’re weird.
RR: So what’s your favorite fish?
Kyle: A Great White Shark!!!!!! [Grits teeth together.]
RR: Do you watch “Shark Week?”
Kyle: Does it look like I’m allowed to watch Shark Week?
RR: Well, you can almost get into a PG-13 movie.