The Wamanoag experience is a vital piece of the Mayflower and Beyond event, combining the talents of Native musicians.
“Wampanoag: Stories For All Time,” is by Native composer Tonya Wind Singer, featuring Native singer and storyteller Jonathan James Perry. The piece incorporates meaningful stories of the indigenous people who thrived here for centuries long before the arrival of the Mayflower. The tales will range from the beginning of the Wampanoag and Maushop tribes, their struggles over time, and hope for the future.
For over 30 years, Jonathan James Perry has been a singer and dancer in the Wampanoag tradition. Ranging in styles from Eastern Social Songs to Northern Style powwow singing, Jonathan provides educational music and dance programs. He is currently serving his fifth, three-year term as Councilman for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). Jonathan works diligently to enforce and uphold the sovereignty of his tribal nation as well as to maintain cultural continuance among his tribal citizens.
Tonya Wind Singer is a composer, conductor, singer, pianist, and multi-instrumentalist from Arizona, USA. Her composition work is rooted in her cultural background, American Indian (O’odham) and Mexican. She combined the worlds of Native music and classical music with her 2017 piece "First Light" for the Cape Symphony, featuring a Wampanoag song performed by Jonathan at a Symphony at the Seashore concert. Tonya was co-commissioned by the Cape Symphony and the Plymouth Philharmonic to write “Wampanoag: Stories For All Time,” for the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower.
Join us for Mayflower and Beyond on Saturday, November 13th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets for Mayflower and Beyond, visit capesymphony.org, call the Box Office at 508-362-1111, or visit 1060 Falmouth Road in Hyannis, MA. The Cape Symphony Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.