First Wampanoag degree from Harvard College in over 300 years

Last May, Tiffany Smalley of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head/Aquinnah became the first Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag since Caleb to receive an undergraduate degree from Harvard College. In recent years, two other Vineyard Wampanoag, Tobias Vanderhoop and Carrie Anne Vanderhoop, have earned degrees from Harvard University’s graduate schools of government and education.


  • Simonne Favaloro

    Our book club is reading Caleb’s Crossing for February. I’ll be hosting the discussion and lunch for this book. Luncheons are thematic and so I am looking for recipes that would be served by either Bethia’s family or Caleb’s. Presently, I’m planning to mimic the dinner Bethia prepared for Caleb after his first attendance at their “meeting” — found on p.90. Do you have any recipe for the chowder (or other meal) that you might have discovered while doing your research for this wonderful book? And would you be willing to share it with us for our meeting? Also, is there a Wompanoag store or museum where I could purchase little favors on line for our group of 6? Thank you so much for reading my email. I totally enjoyed your book – learned so much about the culture and values of each ethnic group, life at Harvard in the 1600s, and came away with an appreciation of how much we took from the native Americans physically as well as emotionally. This should bring a lively discussion!We also read March which we enjoyed as well. Thank you.

    January 26, 2012
  • Nan Casselbury

    I love your books. I love your talks. I am grateful to have you as a “neighbor” on the Vineyard (which I am able to see from my town — Falmouth, unlike Sarah Pailin and Russia!!). After reading Caleb’s Crossing (and having heard you discuss your life as a write at Falmouth Academy), I want to know if you would be kind enough to enlighten me as to what misdeed Bethia thought was grave enough to cause her mother’s untimely death.
    Meanwhile, I continue to be an ardent fan and reader of your articles and thank you for enriching my life.


    May 28, 2012
    • Nan, she was thinking of breaking the first commandment…ie seeking after other gods when she drank the hellebore. Thanks for your comments…

      September 22, 2014

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