4. Wampanoag Mashoon

Atwood House Museum Wampanoag Mashoon

The Wampanoag mashoon is a canoe made by burning a log and scraping out the charred wood. Trees were felled by burning, then the branches were stripped. The trunk was burned with well-placed fire, and the charred wood was scraped away to gradually hollow out a compartment. The mashoon was used for travelling, fishing, and even whaling. The Wampanoag were excellent navigators, and travelled to and from neighboring islands.

This mashoon was made in 2006 here on the Atwood House Museum grounds by members of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation.