Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit

The Aquinnah Cultural Center is the home of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Museum located near the Gay Head lighthouse. The center, referred to as the Edwin DeVries Vanderhoop Homestead, was built in the late 1890's and restored and reopened in 2006. The Aquinnah Cultural Center's mission is to preserve, educated, and document the Aquinnah Wampanoag self-defined art, history, culture and contributions of the past, present and future. 

The purpose of the Aquinnah Cultural Center Inc. as a non-profit organization is to develop and maintain a cultural center in Aquinnah that can support diverse tribal activities. We envision the cultural center to be a sustainable tribal community center with welcoming flexible space that can support the ongoing exploration of Wampanoag culture. This vision is about creating a special place to express our beliefs and lifeways as living Wampanoag people, as well as providing a place where visitors can learn about our cultural heritage.

I Have Worked With

  • January 2016

    Plymouth 400 are sponsors of historical and cultural exhibitions that highlight the interaction and contributions of the Wampanoag and English people. Plymouth 400 sponsored the "Our Story" exhibit, hosted at the Aquinnah Wampanoag Cultural Center, which will grow by one panel every year through 2020. This marks the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.


  • January 2010

    Jannette Vanderhoop is from the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe (Gay Head) on Martha’s Vineyard. She is a serious, accomplished and prolific artist who makes authentic Indian jewelry. Her modus operandi is to “educate people to respect nature through art” and so, she produces her work as a form of en vironmental expression. By utilizing random parts of the natural world, including found and reconstituted materials, there is no lack of inspiration or originality.

  • January 2008

    Linda Coombs is an author and historian from the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). She and her peers, including Narragansett elder Paulla Dove Jennings, wrote children's books for the museum, illustrating Native American culture from a Native American perspective. Coombs later worked for nearly three decades with the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at Plimoth Plantation, including 15 years as the program's associate director. Linda was also Program Director for the Aquinnah Cultural Center for many years.

  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

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Mailing Address: 
10 Black Brook rd.
Aquinnah, MA 02535
Physical Address: 
Chilmark, MA 02535-1546
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
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Populations Served: 
General Public
Native American Tribes
Languages Available: 
Native American / Indigenous
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Centers
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Film Showings
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City