400 years after Mayflower landing, American natives reclaim history


“No New World.”

The term has emerged 20 feet long at the port of Plymouth on the southwestern coast of England, from where the Mayflower sailing in the US to establish a new life for its passengers.

The art installation is one of several memorials held on Wednesday to mark the 400th anniversary of the Parlokik Yatra.

The anniversary comes as the United States and many other countries face a vengeance on racism, and some are exposing the vast majority of famous shipwrecked passengers, and for many devastating, claimed effects on the world .

The artists behind the work want to challenge the long-standing mythology around Mayflower’s quest for the “New World”, so that people have already lived in North America for millennia.

NBC News said, “It seems extraordinary to me that 400 years later, it seems that most of us states are denying that history,” said Leonie Hampton, one of the three actors behind the project. “It needs to be moved.”

The story of Mayflower is well known. The 102 passengers and about 30 crew of the Mayflower, who arrived from England and the Netherlands, founded the sept on 16 September 1620, and are usually depicted as pilgrims seeking religious freedom, although their beliefs and Objectives are more complex.

1620 Landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, MA.Charles Phelps Cushing / Classicstock / Getty Image

After 66 days at sea they reached Cape Code, now Provincetown. The Native American Wampanoag tribe helped them survive their first winter – marking the first thanksgiving.

More than 30 million people can trace their descent to Mayflower travelers who have contributed to its high place in American history.

But he was not the first European settler to land in North America and his negotiations with Vempanag were not peaceful. In the decades that followed, waves of European diseases killed many people of American descent and escalating tensions led to bloody wars.

Many Native Americans in New England now celebrate National Mourning Day to reflect the slavery, murder and erections of their ancestors.

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“It is important to get the history right. It is important to understand that truth matters, ”Steven Peters, a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe and creative director of marketing firm Smokesignals, who is involved in the memorial.

While European settlers kept detailed documents of their conversations and activities, Wempanog did not have a written language to record their experience, Peters said, leading to unilateral historical records.

Vampanag suffered a deadly plague in the years before Memphlower’s arrival, killing more than 100,000 people, Peters said, which could help explain why he supported the coalitions.

A colonial perspective not only ignores tragedy Native Americans, but their contribution to history, argues David Stirup, an American literature and indigenous studies professor at the University of Kent.

“Some of the people who helped the pilgrims were alive that first winter was already in Europe. Some of them were fluent in English. They were not like the people waiting for European contact.

“Native people played a very important role in the development of the modern world,” [they] There were no agent-only victims. “

Without correcting those stories, especially by Native Americans, harmful stereotypes may persist, Stripup said.

“There is systemic racism that is still happening,” Peters said, adding that harmful depictions of Native Americans continue to be seen in television, films, and other aspects of pop culture.

Peterson said that public demand to use indigenous slur signals is increasing due to growing criticism for renaming Washington’s NFL team in July.

“It’s a living history,” said Joe Losmore, curator for The Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery, The Box, which is hosting an exhibition in collaboration with the nation of Wampanoag.

The pilgrim father boarded the Mayflower for his trip to America, painting by Bernard Gribble.Ann Ronen Pictures / Print Collector / Getty Images

“It is a living history for the descendants of Mayflower travelers. But if you are specifically a Wampanoag Native American, it is history in the sense that you are still living with the influence of colonization, ”she said.

Loosemore said that Native Americans continue to fight for their land rights. In July, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Muskogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma to uphold their treaty rights to cover a vast swath of the state.

It is not just Indigenous issues that Mayflower anniversary is being unveiled, Losemore said. It also reflects a number of current crises, including immigration, religion and cultural conflicts and resistance to the destruction of land and resources that are contributing to climate change.

Those complex issues, along with the coronary virus epidemic, are bringing intense attention to the plight of indigenous people in the US and around the world.

The artist said that I think it could be argued that indigenous people are in danger today.

Peters agrees that 2020 could be a turning point: “I think people are very much open to the damage that can cause mistakes in our story, in our history.

“We think there’s an opportunity here to set the record straight.”