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Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit

Lisa Blee and Jean M. O'Brien


Installed at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1921 to commemorate the tercentenary of the landing of the Pilgrims, Cyrus Dallin's statue Massasoit was intended to memorialize the Pokanoket Massasoit (leader) as a welcoming diplomat and participant in the mythical first Thanksgiving. But after the statue's unveiling, Massasoit began to move and proliferate in ways one would not expect of generally stationary monuments tethered to place. The plaster model was donated to the artist's home state of Utah and prominently displayed in the state capitol; half a century later, it was caught up in a surprisi ... More

Keywords: historical memory, Massasoit, Thanksgiving, monument, settler colonialism, commemoration, U.S. history, Indian/Indigenous/Native American, statue, public history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648408
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648408.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Blee, author
Wake Forest University

Jean M. O'Brien, author
University of Minnesota

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