Meetup group visits Mt. Hope and the Massasoit’s Seat

Participants in the August 25th Meetup group at Mt. Hope had a chance to meet with and listen to Pokanoket Sagamore William Guy (Winds of Thunder) as he related the history of his tribe during the 17th century, as well as to ask him questions. Sowams Heritage Area Project Coordinator David Weed led off the two-hour session by summarizing the differences between the Pokanoket Tribe and the Plymouth Pilgrims which ultimately ended in the King Philip Conflict of 1675-1676 and the attempted genocide of the indigenous people. Twenty people then gathered at the Massasoit’s Seat or Potumtuk, the sacred location from which Metacomet or “King Philip” led the Pokanoket Tribe between 1661 and 1675. The Sagamore spoke to the group for about half an hour while seated on the large outcropping of quartz that forms the Seat and gathering place of today’s members of the Pokanoket Tribe. Click here for a 37-minute video of Dr. Weed’s presentation. Click here for a 36-minute video of the session with the Sagamore.

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