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Exploring local ties to Eliot Bible, Wampanog

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Plimoth Plantation historian Darius Coombs will speak about “Our Native Heritage and the John Eliot Bible” in a 7 p.m. presentation Tuesday at the Bacon Free Library. The free talk is sponsored by the public library and the Natick Historical Society Museum, which share the building at 58 Eliot St. in South Natick. Coombs, associate director of the Wampanoag Indigenous Program at the living-history museum in Plymouth, has worked in the field for more than 25 years. He will talk about the background of the Wampanoag and the history of the John Eliot Bible, which was translated into the language of the Wampanoag through a collaboration by Eliot, members of the Native American tribe, and Harvard students in the 17th century. The Eliot Bible is still significant to Wampanoag culture and language. A second-edition copy from 1685, part of the Natick museum’s permanent collection, will be on display. Audience members are encouraged to arrive early for best seating. For more information, contact the library’s director, John Brisbin, at 508-653-6730 or bfl@minlib.net.  

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