First Thanksgiving - Boston City Hall Paul Weeden
Paul Weeden, Wampanoag, also known as Deerfoot, traces his lineage to Massasoit and to The Mayflower Pilgrims. He lived for a time with, his cousin, the renowned Princess Redwing.
Princess Redwing was selected on behalf of her peers to be the first Native American to address the United Nations in 1946. Before her death in 1987 she called her people together to pass the mantle of her authority as orator and protector of the Royal House of Pokanoket and the Pokanoket Tribe of the Wampanoag to her nephew Deerfoot.
Since that ceremony in 1987 Deerfoot has traveled widely as orator for his people, speaking at schools and service organizations throughout the country, carrying on a documented tradition that has spanned generations.
Posted with permission from Mayor's Office of New Bostonians and City Hall Cultural Awareness Committee.