Buddhist Peace Walk visits Mt. Hope and Massasoit Memorial

As part of a month-long Peace Walk, members of the New England Peace Pagoda met with members of the Pokanoket Tribe on June 17, 2019 at the marker where Metacomet was slain at Mt. Hope in 1676 at the close of the King Philip War. Click here for a 12-minute video of the event.


(Above) Kim Bullock and Gyoway Kato are greeted by Pokanoket Sagamore William Guy and Council President Deborah Afdasta who joined them at Mt. Hope.


(Above) The group chants prayers at the Metacomet Marker before the Sagamore shares the history of the Tribe since before the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620.


(Above) Towbee Keyes gives the Sagamore and Deborah a string of paper cranes symbolizing the four directions, and the Sagamore gives Gyoway a packet of sacred tobacco to honor the occasion.

(Above) Nellia Sargent, who is blind, joins the monks for prayers at the Massasoit Monument in Burr’s Hill Park before Towbee Keyes watches as she runs her hands over the inscription on the rock.

Click here for a 5-minute video of the visit to the Massasoit Memorial.