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Author Blee, Lisa, author

Title Monumental mobility : the memory work of Massasoit / Lisa M. Blee and Jean M. O'Brien
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2019]
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Contents Casting -- Staging -- Distancing -- Marketing
Summary "This book is situated within the terrain of intense debate over the placement and displacement of monuments to difficult histories. Installed in Plymouth in 1921 to commemorate the Tercentenary of the landing of the Pilgrims, Cyrus Dallin's statue Massasoit was intended to memorialize the Pokanoket Massasoit (leader) 8sâmeeqan as a welcoming diplomat and participant in the mythical first Thanksgiving. But Massasoit did not remain only in Plymouth. Lisa Blee and Jean O'Brien track the physical and narrative mobility of Massasoit through its inception and its movement to numerous locations in the US to illuminate how Massasoit's attachment to national origins did and did not move with the installations. The historical memory surrounding Massasoit suggests both the rich potential of Indigenous public historians to intervene in sanitized national narratives of origins, and the ways in which this history is commodified. Can Massasoit prompt viewers to reckon with ... the structural violence of settler colonialism in commemorative landscapes, or does it further entrench celebratory narratives of national origins?"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Massasoit, 1580-1661 -- Monuments -- Massachusetts -- Plymouth.
Collective memory -- United States.
Monuments -- Political aspects -- United States.
Monuments -- Social aspects -- United States.
Wampanoag Indians -- Monuments -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author O'Brien, Jean M., author
ISBN 1469648415 (electronic bk.)
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