Turners Falls, MA
May 19, 2004
"In the spirit of peace, healing and understanding we come together on this date of May 19, 2004, to acknowledge the tragic events that took place on the shores of this river on May 19, 1676,
and thereby begin to put the tragic echoes of the past to rest"
------------From the Reconciliation Document
|Narragansett Medicine Man Lloyd "Running Wolf" Wilcox with Montague Town Administrator Frank Abbondonzio, Reconcilation Ceremony, 2004 (photo courtesy of Dan Brown)|
|Reonciliation Ceremony 2004 (photo courtesy of Dan Brown)|
In a letter to medicine man Lloyd “Running Wolf” Wilcox, Abbondanzio wrote, “…(we) would like to sponsor a Native American Ceremony that would help our respective communities achieve a sense of healing for the tragic events that occurred at the Great Falls in 1676.”
|A.H. "Laughing Water" Wilcox and Ceremonial Fire (photo courtesy Dan Brown)|
Lloyd “Running Wolf” Wilcox, the chief medicine man of the Narragansetts, officiated at the ritual, which included an ancient pipe ceremony and a ceremonial fire of birch bark and cedar bows. Anemone Mars, granddaughter of the tribe’s medicine woman, Ella Sekatau, was chosen to give the invocation, first in the Narragansett language, then in English. (full text). Following the ritual, gifts were presented to the Narragansetts, including tobacco grown in the Wissatinnewag garden.
"We are searching for the word
Lost in the swirling tumbling Falls.
We are searching for the gestures
To heal and reconcile us all.
Part prayer, part longing for grief
To cease. Part recognition of our shared
Estate. The word repeated paves the way
Til word become road
And we go in peace."
For the Narragansett People and the People of Montague
May 19, 2004
by Select Board Member Patricia Pruitt