Moshup was an Indian giant who once lived on the mainland of Massachusetts before the European settlers came. He had lived both on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, but decided to settle on Martha's Vineyard. He loved to sit on the top of a hill on the Vineyard near Gay Head. You can still see where his grand seat was in the crater above the cliffs.
Moshup loved to eat whale. He would catch the whale with his hands and cook the meat over a fire. He started his fires by ripping the trees surrounding him out of the ground. Because he did so much of that, there are barely any trees left today in Gay Head.
Moshup would throw stones into the water to step on in order to cathc the whales. That is how the rocks between Cuttyhunk and the mainland, referred to as Devil's bridge, came about.
Moshup loved his brothers and sisters who lived nearby and would share his whale meat with them. One year, he fed them so well, that in appreciation, they gathered up all the tobacco they harvester and gifted him with it. Moshup smoked all the tobacco, barely enough for a man his size, in his great pipe. When he was finished, he dumped the ashes into the water, and the island of Nantucket was born.
One day, Moshup warned his brothers that a new breed of man, one with fairer skin, would soon come to their land. Moshup told them that if they let these new men to their shores, the Indians would live no more. Moshup left them with this warning, slipping away into the choppy waters off the bay. Soon, the Europeans landed near the place where Moshup had laid his head. The Indians greeted them as friends and Moshup hasn't been seen since.
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