Carlye Goldenberg


The Pequot Tribe was very strategic in the way they conquered trade in the Connecticut area and communicated with neighboring tribes. The tribe commuted to and stayed in what is now Connecticut. They spoke a language called, Algonquian. Also, they were very family oriented and had complicated beliefs. The Pequot were known for their detailed beadwork.
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The Pequot tribe settled in current day Connecticut. They dominated the area of Connecticut before 1637. They never moved out of the Connecticut area, after settling in. The Pequot lived in small houses called wigwams and long houses. Wigwams varied in size, but were usually around 8-10 feet tall. The long houses were 30ft wide and 100ft long. The long houses could fit up to 50 people. The Pequot were very agricultural people. Some examples of things they grew are corn, beans, squash, and tobacco. They ate a lot of fish and seafood because of their coastal location. The Pequot tribe had a tribal council.
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Everyday life for the Pequot’s included a lot of work and chores. For the kids, they went to school and then did chores at home. The children did not have a lot of free time, but when they did, most of them loved to play games. Some of the games they played included playing with; corn-husk dolls and toys. The toys included items such as kid-size bows and arrows and ball games. The women’s jobs were mostly to farm, take care of children, and cook. The woman and the men both took part in storytelling, artwork, music, and traditional medicine. The men used herbs, plants, and songs for medicine. The men were farmers and sometimes went to war. They also hunted. The Pequot military was very strong. They had a nice military advantage over their neighbors.
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The Pequot people were known to be highly-organized, aggressive and warlike. One reason that they were organized was because they had a tribal council and a chief. The tribal council made many important decisions and tried to promote spirituality and family values. They also had a chief. The chief was always a male. “Pequot” translated into English means “the destroyers”. The Pequots wanted to be in charge of all of the Connecticut trade. Before 1600 CE, the Pequots had had very little contact with the Europeans. The first time the Pequots and Europeans met face-to-face, was with Dutch traders, in 1614 CE. The Pequots traded beaver skins for European goods. Eventually other tribes wanted to trade with the Dutch too, but the Pequot did not like that. Their goal was to create what some call a “trading monopoly”. The Pequots were still determined to dominate the trade and attacked many other tribes when they would threaten to overtake what they had worked so hard on. The Pequot were very orderly, hostile, and pugnacious.
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The Pequot’s had very specific beliefs that they strictly followed. The stories that they told, have been passed down through the ages and give clues today about the beliefs they followed. They believed in the concept of a “Great Spirit” named Konchi Manto. The Pequot people also believed in a giant with the name Moshup. He carried the culture of the Pequot tribe. Another spirit, in which they believed in, was named Chahnameed. He was known as being a liar, cheater, and full of greed. All of these traits are almost sins to the Pequots. The religions that they followed are very complicated and have many different G-ds and rules.
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Art was part of daily life to the Pequot people. They were known for their bead work, woodwork, and basketry. Males and females made wampum, which are small beads strung together out of shell beads. The designs and pictures on wampum belts often told a story or represented a person's family. The art they made was very beautiful.
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The Pequots were aggressive, greedy, and trade hungry, but they were a big influence with the Atlantic World. They made beautiful artwork and had unique beliefs. The people were always very busy and had jobs to be done. Most people know the tribe because of the Pequot War, even though they almost were completely destroyed. Trade was very important to them and they let many people know. They were Pequots, the destroyers.
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