The owner of our Campground on MV said that the name was changed for "political reasons" and that the area was renamed by and for local Native Americans. So, he said, you can't complain now about the name change or say it was silly. Because no matter which way you complain, you're non-PC!
Here's what the encyclopedia that travels with us (Wiki) says:
"Aquinnah is a town located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. Prior to 1998 the town was officially known as Gay Head, which it is still called by most Islanders from the neighboring towns, but this name does not reflect as well the year-round population of a large American Indian population. The population was 344 at the 2000 U.S. census. It is known for its beautiful clay cliffs and quiet natural serenity, things which have become less common in the heavily populated Northeastern United States. Below the clay cliffs is "Jungle Beach" for the lack of clothing worn. It's one of the few nude beaches left in the U.S. More recently, it has become celebrated as a center of Wampanoag culture and a center of pride and tradition among members of the tribe, who make up about one-third of the town's voters. This area is one of the earliest sites of whaling, done from shore by the Wampanoags, long before the 19th century industry of whaling became the major maritime industry of Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and New Bedford, Massachusetts."
Well -- we're kinda bummed that we didn't go visit Jungle Beach -- somehow it didn't show up on the G-rated tourist literature we picked up. We should have read Wiki first! Whatever the cliffs are called, they are beautiful.
The weather was beautiful the whole time we were at Martha's Vineyard -- blue skies, shirt-sleeve weather. Pretty nice for late September! There were some tourists, but not huge crowds -- the season is coming to an end.
This is the Gay Head/Aquinnah Lighthouse.