Linda Coombs: Colonization and the Wampanoag Story

Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Titcomb's Bookshop and the Sandwich Public Library welcome local author and historian Linda Coombs to speak with us about her new book Colonization and the Wampanoag Story on Thursday September 21st at 4:00pm at the Sandwich Public Library. This book is ideal for young readers ages 10+, and adults will learn a lot too!

This is a free event, registration is requested. Registration can be completed HERE or by calling Titcomb's Bookshop at 508-888-2331.

Books will be for sale before and after the event. Coombs will be signing books after the conversation. If you are unable to join us in person, you can order a book to be signed by the author by ordering below and writing "signed copy" in the order comments or by calling us at the shop at 508-888-2331. 



Until now, you've only heard one side of the story: the "discovery" of America told by Christopher Columbus, the Pilgrims, and the Colonists. Here's the true story of America from the Indigenous perspective.

When you think about the beginning of the American story, what comes to mind? Three ships in 1492, or perhaps buckled hats and shoes stepping off of the Mayflower, ready to start a new country. But the truth is, Christopher Columbus, the Pilgrims, and the Colonists didn't arrive to a vast, empty land ready to be developed. They arrived to find people and communities living in harmony with the land they had inhabited for thousands of years, and they quickly disrupted everything they saw.

From its "discovery" by Europeans to the first Thanksgiving, the story of America's earliest days has been carefully misrepresented. Told from the perspective of the New England Indigenous Nations that these outsiders found when they arrived, this is the true story of how America as we know it today began.

"A poignant and powerful look at identity, change, and resiliency." —Kirkus Reviews



Linda Coombs (Aquinnah Wampanoag) is an author and historian from the Wampanoag Tribe of Aquinnah, and lives in the Wampanoag community of Mashpee on Cape Cod, MA. Coombs began her museum career in an internship at the Boston Children's Museum, and later working there in the Native American Program.  She and her colleague Paulla Dove Jennings (Narragansett) wrote children's books for a museum series highlighting aspects of southern New England tribal cultures. Coombs also worked for 30 years in the Wampanoag Indigenous Program (WIP) of Plimoth Plantation, including 15 years as WIP's Associate Director; and 9 years at the Aquinnah Cultural Center.  Presently she does independent museum consulting and cultural presentations.

Event address: 
Sandwich Public Library
142 Main Street
Sandwich, MA 02563
Colonization and the Wampanoag Story (Race to the Truth) By Linda Coombs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593480434
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2023