The Wampanoags were the Native Americans, indigenous to New England, who purportedly helped the Pilgrims at Plymouth (about 60 miles from Nantucket, Mass.). Today they still live in small communities scattered around New England — but a few centuries ago, they numbered in the thousands.
Well, here’s something interesting I just happened upon. At least according to the Nantucket Historical Association on Flickr, these two individuals were “the last known” Native Americans living on Nantucket island when they died in the 1850s.
"Both had been born in the 1770s, at the time of the American Revolution, a decade after the ‘Indian sickness’ killed 222 of Nantucket’s 358 Wampanoags," the association’s website explains.
The last native speakers of the Wampanoag language died at least a century ago