Dear Tribal Community,
Wampanoag Tribal Member to be Honored by Mashpee High School – Selected to Address 2013 Graduates and Guests on Saturday, June 8
Douglas Pocknett To Offer Prayer In Native Wôpanàak Language
(Mashpee, MA – June 7, 2013) – On Saturday, June 8, Douglas Pocknett, Jr. – Wampanoag Tribal Member and graduating senior at Mashpee High School – will deliver the graduation prayer in his Tribe’s native language.
Pocknett, who has been studying the language of his ancestors, was selected for this honor by Mashpee HS Principal Jane Day. Pocknett is the first student at Mashpee High School to earn his foreign language credits by demonstrating proficiency in Wôpanàak.
Graduation will be especially meaningful to Pocknett, who will wear traditional Wampanoag regalia at commencement ceremonies. Only the second member of the Tribe to do so, Douglas Pocknett follows in the footsteps of Cheenuika Pocknett, who wore the traditional regalia during graduation ceremonies in 2003.
“Graduating high school is a big part of my life,” said Pocknett. “I wanted to walk in my traditional clothing. I would be only the second Pocknett to do so.”
An interest in the Wampanoag heritage and traditions comes naturally to Pockett, who is the son of Allyson and Douglas Pocknett Senior, and the grandson of Tribal elder Bernadine (Hendricks) Pocknett and the late Chief Vernon “Sly Fox” Pocknett, Senior.
“I am very proud of Doug Pocknett. He is a strong and vibrant young Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal teen and he represents our future leadership,” said Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe. “May the Creator cover him and bless him on his journey towards greatness!”
Mashpee High School graduation ceremonies take place at the school on Saturday, June 8 at 10 am.
Qaqeemasq (Running Bear)