World of Wellesley invites the community to attend a special presentation of “First Light Flashback: A Performance by Annawon Weeden.” Weeden says the word “Wampanoag means ‘People of the First Light’ due to our geographic location as the furthest eastern tribe.”
Born and raised in Charlestown, Rhode Island among tribal community relatives of Narragansett and Pequot lineage through his father, Annawon now resides in his mother’s Wampanoag community in Mashpee. Following in his father’s footsteps, Annawon began sharing the culture of his tribes with his family during public programs and performances at a young age. For decades, Annawon has worked at Plymouth Plantation as a museum interpreter and outreach educator and at Boston Children’s Museum as a Native program specialist. He has spoken at Wellesley Public Schools over 20 times.