The Cape Cod Indians lived exactly as the other members of the Wampanoag tribe off the Cape and in much the same manner as the neighboring tribe the Massachusetts.

Prior to the arrival of the white man, Cape Cod was inhabited by the Wampanoag Indian Nation. The Nawsetts, one of six sub-tribes, lived at the end of the Cape, one of their territories being Meeshawn in what is today Provincetown and part of Truro, although their headquarters was in present-day Eastham.

The Wampanoag Nation was comprised of over 60 tribes that resided in southeastern Massachusetts for thousands of years. The Nation occupied a territory that bordered on present day Boston to the north, extending west to Warren, Rhode Island, and south and east to the coast of Cape Cod, including Martha’s Vineyard (Noepe) and Nantucket Islands