Wampanoag means easterners. The Wampanoag Indians were original natives of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It was Wampanoag people who befriended the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock and brought them corn and turkey for the famous first Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, the relationship went downhill from there, and disease and British attacks killed most of the Wampanoag people. The surviving Wampanoags are still living in New England today. The Wampanoag tribe has its own reservation on Martha's Vineyard. Reservations are lands that belong to Indian tribes and are under their control. The Wampanoag tribe has its own government, laws, police, and other services, just like a small country. The Wampanoags didn't live in tepees. They lived in villages of small round houses called wetus, or wigwams. Everyone in a Wampanoag family cooperated to gather food for the tribe. Women harvested corn, squash and beans. Men hunted for deer, turkeys, and small game and went fishing in their canoes. Wampanoag children collected other food like berries, nuts and herbs. Some traditional Wampanoag recipes included soup, cornbread, and stews. Here are the websites of the two main Wampanoag tribes today, the Gay Head Wampanoag and the Mashpee Wampanoag.