Linda Coombs

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Linda Coombs is program director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center. She is an author and historian from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah).

Coombs began a museum career in 1974, interning at the Boston Children's Museum as part of its Native American Program.[1] She and her peers, including Narragansett elder Paulla Dove Jennings, wrote children's books for the museum, illustrating Native American culture from a Native American perspective. Coombs later worked for nearly three decades with the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, including 15 years as the program's associate director.[2] In that capacity, she wrote a number of essays documenting colonial history from a Native American perspective, and often spoke publicly about the need for more accurate representations of colonial events including the first Thanksgiving[3][4][5][6][7] and Columbus Day.[8]

Coombs serves as program director of the Aquinnah Cultural Center, continuing to educate the public about Wampanoag history, culture, and other contributions.[9] Valued for her expertise in regional Native American history, Coombs is a frequent consultant on scholarly and educational projects.[10][11][12]

Born and raised in Martha's Vineyard, Coombs lives with her family in the Wampanoag Community in Mashpee on Cape Cod.[13]


  • "A Wampanoag Perspective on Colonial House."Plimoth Life, v.3 no. 1, 2004: 24-28.
  • "Hobbamock’s Homesite." Thanks, But No Thanks: Mirroring the Myth: Native Perspectives on Thanksgiving. Plymouth, MA: Wampanoag Indian Program. September 9, 2000: 2-3.
  • "Holistic History." Plimoth Life 1(2) 2002:12-15.
  • "Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War by Nathaniel Philbrick [review]." [1]" Cultural Survival Quarterly, Spring 2007.
  • "New Woodland Path Makes Inroads at Wampanoag Homesite." Plimoth Life, v. 5 no. 1, 2006: 20.
  • Powwow. Modern Curriculum Press, 1992.
  • "Wampanoag Foodways in the 17th Century." Plimoth Life 2005: 13-19


  1. ^ Stevert, Patricia (1993). Opening the Museum: History and Strategies toward a More Inclusive Institution. Boston: Children's Museums. p. 48.
  2. ^ Dresser, Thomas (2011). The Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard: Colonization to Recognition. The History Press. pp. 165–75. ISBN 978-1609491864.
  3. ^ Massey, Joanna (12 Aug 2004). "Bringing History's "Messy" Nature to Life for Educators: Program Uses Plimoth Plantation to Boost Awareness". Boston Globe. p. 7.
  4. ^ Knox, Robert (22 Nov 2001). "Plimoth Plantation Book Challenges Thanksgiving Myth". Boston Globe. p. 10.
  5. ^ Plimoth Plantation. "Who are the Wampanoag?". Wampanoag Homesite. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. ^ Fifis, Fran. "Native Americans still fighting ignorance at Plimoth". CNN. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  7. ^ Cooper, Karen Coody (2008). Spirited Encounters: American Indians Protest Museum Policies and Practices. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press. p. 129. ISBN 978-0-7591-1088-5.
  8. ^ Butterfield, Fox (11 Oct 1992). "Columbus Runs into Storm in Boston". New York Times. p. A18.
  9. ^ Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head. "Aquinnah Cultural Center". Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  10. ^ Kavasch, E. Barrie (2004). The Mound Builders of Ancient North America. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse.
  11. ^ McGuire, Margit (1997). The Wampanoags and the First Thanksgiving. Everyday Learning Corp.
  12. ^ Kerber, Jordan (2006). Cross-Cultural Collaboration: Native Peoples and Archaeology in the Northeastern United States. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  13. ^ Center for New England Culture. ""We're Still Here" Online Exhibit". Center for New England Culture. Center for New England Culture. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

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