Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Wetamoo

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Wetamoo
b. 1640, Mettapoisett, on the shores of present-day Cape Cod, Massachusetts; d. 1676, Taunton, Massachusetts

Wetamoo (Weetamoo), of the Pocasset tribe, was the eldest daughter of Chief Corbitant and heir to his leadership role. Her husband, Wamsutta, chief of the Wampanoags, died during a diplomatic meeting with the English to discuss the violation of a peace treaty. Suspicious of the circumstances surrounding his death, Wetamoo joined her brother-in-law Metacom (English name: Philip) in a war against the English in 1675. Wetamoo organized warriors in the first large-scale resistance to the English settlers and attacked fifty-two of the ninety towns in the area, destroying twelve of them. While trying to escape the English, Wetamoo drowned in the Taunton River in August 1676.

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