‘Memory Lands’ a lecture on King Philip’s War by Christine DeLucia

Williams College History Professor Christine DeLucia, in a lecture to the Amherst Historical Society on November 8, 2019, takes us on a journey of memory that she wrote about in her book, Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, when she shows how King Philip’s War  (1675 – 1676) is often misunderstood and misrepresented. Click here for a 55-minute video of her presentation and here for a 73-minute presentation by the Concord Museum in 2020.

Williams begins by recalling a 2016 Sacred Run and Sacred Paddle trip in which she participated with Indigenous people to Deer Island, a place where Christianized or “Praying” Indians were sent during King Philip’s War and where dozens died of exposure and starvation. That location now serves as a waste treatment facility, totally disrespecting the memory of Native history.

(Above) DeLucia goes on to point out a King Philip’s War board game that was sold in 2010 that disrespected the genocide of Native people in Rhode Island and the signatures on a 1662 land deed (page 53) that deceptively transferred Native land in Hampden County, MA, to the English in 1662.

DeLucia points to the December 1675 massacre of over 400 Narragansetts in the “Great Swamp Fight” and the record of Roger Williams recommendation to enslave Indigenous survivors of the King Philip War as evidence of events that are not accurately recalled today.