Thanksgiving and Martha’s Vineyard

Gay Head Cliffs at Martha's Vineyard.

Gay Head Cliffs at Martha’s Vineyard.

I can still remember standing spellbound looking at the wonders of the Gay Head Cliffs

During the summer, I visited the Gay Head Cliffs and Lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard. Aquinnah is the home of the Wampanoag tribe. The Wampanoags are the Native Americans in the Thanksgiving story. The Wampanoags lived in coastal Massachusetts and Martha’s Vineyard thousands of years before the Pilgrims.

Gay Head Lighthouse

Gay Head Lighthouse Copyyrighted by Elaine Marie Austin

According to the Aquinnah Cultural Center’s website, Aquinnah was the most populous and organized of the Wampanoag and were able to maintain control over their land. The Wampanoag common lands now include the Gay Head Cliffs, Herring Creek and Lobsterville.

For more information on the Wampanoag tribe, visit the Aquinnah Cultural Center website at


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