Historical Note: While there are many statues and images that depict Massaoit Ousamequin, his actual appearance is unknown, as there are no known pictures or photos of him.

The Colonists called him


However, Massasoit is actually his title, meaning Great Sachem or “The Grand Leader”. His given name, Ousamequin, means “Yellow Feather” (ousa = “yellow,” mequin = “feather”)

Maintaining Our Sovereignty


Descendants of the Algonquin Language Bands, The Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe is a member of the original Pokanoket Federation led by Grand Sachem Massasoit otherwise known as Ousamequin (Yellow Feather). The Pocasset Tribe encompassed present-day Tiverton, Rhode Island, and parts of Southeastern Massachusetts: including Fall River, Freetown, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Westport, and Middleboro. The Pocasset Tribe was a first contact tribe headed by Chief Corbitant, father of Female Sachem Weetamoe, King Phillips’ Sister in Law. The Pocasset was one of the largest and most powerful tribes in the Pokanoket Federation.







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