What American Indian groups lived in the area of Boston?

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The area where Boston was later built was home to tribes of the Wampanoag group: these were the Nauset, Massachusett, Nantucket, Pennacook, Pokanoket and Pocasset.

Today these allied tribes are generally forgotten and people use the term Wampanoag as if it were just one tribe. Within each of the tribes in the Wampanoag group there were many small bands, each with its own chiefs - we know that the area of Deer Island and Boston harbour was home to the Massachusett band headed by chief Winnepurkit; there was a village named Totant at or near the location where Boston was later established.
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