Massasoit’s Meanings: Shifting Histories of Settler-Colonialism

Jean O’Brien and Lisa Blee, co-authors of Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit, talk about how cultural understanding of settler and indigenous history is changing and what stories monuments to Massasoit and Columbus tell in this moment in an on-line Zoom presentation on October 21, 2020. Click here for a 71-minute video of their talk.


(Above, left) Lisa Blee is Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University. (Above, right) Jean O’Brien is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of History at the University of Minnesota.


(Above, left) Sarah Klotz, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and English at the College of the Holy Cross, moderated the presentation. (Above, right and below) The authors illustrated their talk with scenes from the Colonial House television series, a map of the tribes of Southeastern New England in 1620, and scenes from the Day of Mourning event held each year in Plymouth, MA.


This series explores past and contemporary Indian/New England/U.S. relations in conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower at Plymouth, Massachusetts. In this installment, Sponsored by the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at Holy Cross, one can learn more about the series at

Click here for a 71-minute video of their talk.