How our Wantagh Middle School Newspaper Got its Name

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Have you ever wondered why we got the name Smoke Signals? The Wantagh area was inhabited by the Merokee, a tribe of the Metoac Indians, prior to the first wave of European settlement in the mid 17th century. Smoke signals was the method those Indians used to communicate from afar. Smoke signals are one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication. In general, smoke signals were used to transport news, signal danger, or gather people to a common area.

               You’re probably wondering how the Indians did smoke signals. The Indians would create puffs of smoke using a fire and a blanket sending complex messages in an unknown code. You might not realize it but smoke signals are a legacy today. Texting, sending letters and emailing are some ways we send messages to people far away today, just like the Indians used to send messages with their smoke signals. The next time somebody asks about our school newspaper’s name, you’ll be right there to explain it.

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