Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head
Gay Head Cliffs, Quinnah, Martha's Vineyard
|Regions with significant populations|
|United States ( Massachusetts)|
|traditional tribal religion|
|Related ethnic groups|
|other Wampanoag people|
The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is a federally recognized tribe of Wampanoag people on the tip of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. The tribe hosts an annual Cranberry Day celebration.
- Chairwoman: Cheryl Andrews-Maltais
- Vice-Chairman: Richard Randolph
- Treasurer: Stephanie White
- Secretary: Durwood Vanderhoop
- Council: Naomi Carney
- Council: Beverly Wright
- Council: Al Clark Jr.
- Council: Jonathan Perry
- Council: Leigh Moreis
- Council: Shelley Carter
- Council: Keith Marden.
The Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe operates a shellfish hatchery on Menemsha Pond, cultivating oysters. Tourism is also very important to the tribe. Many tribal members own their own businesses, while others have had to move off island for employment.
Wampanoag people have lived in Aquinnah, Massachusetts for millennia. Traditionally, they fished, grew crops, and hunted whales. English people began settling in the region in large numbers by the 17th and 18th centuries, enroaching on Wampanoag lands.
In 1972, the tribe formed the Wampanoag Tribal Council of Gay Head, Inc. for cultural preservation and political self-determination. The US federal government formally recognized the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on April 10, 1987.
- Pritzker, Barry M. A Native American Encyclopedia: History, Culture, and Peoples. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. ISBN 978-0-19-513877-1
- Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) , official website