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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

After the Mayflower/ We Shall Remain

 It is amazing!!! PBS did it !! "We Shall Remain represents an unprecedented collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisors and scholars at all levels of the project."I only watched "After the Mayflower". It is about Massasoit's dream of peace between the Wampanoags and English! It was a noble and humane decision to help the pilgrims. The alliance maintained some kind of peace.

However after his death, his son "Metacomet-Philip" has to deal with a new generation of English leaders.My favorite part is when Phillip as new Chief of Wampanoags remind the English that his people showed them mercy when they were weak. It was so powerful and painful...King Phillip was killed defending his land. And his 9 years old son was sent to the West Indies as a slave...

Beyond the dreaming of peace and strategic alliance, Massasoit's compassion must be remembered... 
It is a "must watch" in the American Experience series.
Same Moonlight for our Dreams.

Here  a passage from the episode:
"Jonathan Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag:
After Philip was shot by Alderman, they dismembered his body.
The scarred right hand of Philip was given to Alderman as a trophy of the war. His parts were strewn about
the colonies, spread to the four corners.
Colin G. Calloway, historian: This is a warning to other people, to other Indian people. This is what the
English will... this is how the Enlish will deal with rebellion, deal with treason. And remember that in English
eyes Philip was a traitor -- and this was the punishment meted out by 17th century Englishman to traitors.
Massasoit's son was dead and scattered, but the colonists were taking no chances; they captured
Philip's son and heir -- a nine-year-old boy -- and locked him in a jail in Plymouth. While English authorities
deliberated on whether to sell the boy into slavery, or simply murder him, the Puritans gave thanks to their
Jill Lepore, historian: And the final day of thanksgiving, of the war, is the day Philip's head is marched into
Plymouth. This decapitated head on a pole, its erected in the center, in the center of town and is cause for a
great celebration.
Narrator: They wouldn't take it down, Philip's head. For two decades -- while Philip's son lived in slavery in
the West Indies -- the head was displayed in Plymouth, a reminder to the Indians about who was in charge; a
reminder to the English that God continued to smile on their endeavor.
Colin G. Calloway, historian: 
It's hard to see how conflict could have been avoided and how the outcome of that war could have been different. Looking at the generation before this war, there is at least a moment,
where things were different."

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