On March 16, 1621, Samoset, a sagamore of the Wawenock, cemented his place in history. He was the first Indigenous person to make contact with the colonists at Plymouth Plantation, startling them when he emerged from the forest and welcomed them in English.
Jody Bachelder grew up on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Maine where Samoset and the Wawenock lived, and like many people of European descent, she knew little about the Indigenous people who called the area home for thousands of years. With a background in library work, she began her research with the question "What was Samoset doing in Plymouth?" The journey to find the answer was both enlightening and surprising. She lives in midcoast Maine with her husband. This is her first book.