king philip

Short field trip with the Brown writers to King Philip’s Seat – a site in the woods at the edge of Bristol where King Philip (Metacomet) used to have his council meetings, near where he was killed.

 

Beautiful place, submerged history.

 

Trying to strike the balance between mourning/seeing the whole world. “King Philip’s War” was a massively bloody conflict, in line with he genocidal program against the Native Americans; it’s a project in which Native Americans participated (Metacomet was killed by a member from another tribe)… Complexity and context don’t diminish the immediacy of the experience – somewhere in there, things have got to be seen as personally terrible, forever – even as the seabirds glide and the forest blooms.

 

Per Northern Uganda – that each child soldier be permanently mourned, without turning the narrative of the region to a story of child soldiers only

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