Facing 400 Years of Colonization ~ Walking into the Future
2019 is the fourth in a five-year series of walks leading up to 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. The walk is taking place May 31 – June 22 in
Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The walk will be in Amherst, MA, on Saturday, June 8, and then move through the state east to Boston on June 13. On June 14, it will be in Mystic, CT, then in RI June 15 to 17, and then back into Massachusetts.
This year, the group will walk in prayer a portion of regions which underwent "The Great Dying" in 1616 - 1619, prior to the landing of the Mayflower. Indian villages from Maine to Massachusetts, including Patuxent (later named Plymouth) lost 90 -100% of their population to a terrible disease bringing a catastrophic, rapid and agonizing death. Rituals for the deceased could not be performed. The pathogen causing this plague was from Europe, although the exact point of contact has not been traced yet.
We will also visit and offer prayers at sites of early massacres, such as t!he Pequot Massacre in Mystic, CT and the Great Swamp Massacre in RI.
“The 2020 Commemoration which is already in the planning stages on both sides of the Atlantic, definitely must not be an occasion of self congratulations… but will have to be a time of deep introspection and reflection by the society that was transplanted here on Indian land!! If this isn’t understood… then we will be losing for all our future generations the extremely vital teaching moment the Creator is giving us at these extremely troubled times we are living in.”
Tall Oak, Elder, Historian, Pequot-Wampanoag
"When change is shallow, violence can emerge; when it is deep, the fruit w!ill be peaceful."
(Paraphrase) from Most Ven. Nichidatsu Fujii, Founder, Teacher, Nipponzan Myohoji Buddhist Order - 1885-1985
This walk is initiated by the New England Peace Pagoda with the support of Friends from the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Justice and Witness Council, Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. Numerous friends, networks and organizations from the regions to be visited have also helped in their local communities.
For more information and a schedule contact Tim Bullock: 413-485-8469, visit www.newenglandpeacepagoda.org
or download a flyer here.