This walk is initiated by Nipponzan Myohoji-New England Peace Pagoda with support of Friends from the Mashpee Wampanoag and the Massachusetts Congregation United Church of Christ
Info: Tim Bullock 413-485-8469
The 5-day walk will begin on the evening of November 17, 2017 in Provincetown, MA.
Sat, 11/18 – First Encounter Beach – Eastham, MA
Sun. 11/19 – Thurs. 10/23 – the Walk will visit many towns on the Cape, including Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, Yarmouth, Hyannis, Mashpee, Falmouth, before culimating our journey in Plymouth at the Statue to Massasoit on the National Day of Mourning / Thanksgiving Day.
The Year 2020
We walk towards the year 2020 – a major marker in time. It marks 400 years since the landing of the Mayflower in Plymouth in 1620. A great mirror that, if we use the opportunity it gives us, we can look deeply, learn the true history and sincerely reflect on it. We can begin to understand the reality of the foundation of this country. We can understand how we need to change in order that a livable future may be created by our thinking and our actions.
Walking is a most natural human activity. Our feet move on the ground. We pray and move in harmony with the trees, the water, the sky and all the lives on the earth. Walking is a way to open the hearts and minds and to be with other people, moving together, with shared intention for the good.
Walking in Massachusetts and Southern New England
“The Mayflower” “The First Thanksgiving”
These iconic images, which seem to stand alone in our national
psyche, in many ways underpin our national identity in the USA.
The Mayflower – we are taught a group of people from Europe, persecuted for their religious beliefs, sailed the Atlantic and landed in Plymouth, MA, seeking refuge. We learn they planted the seeds of religious freedom and all that is good in the ethos and culture of this country.
This story omits that the intention of the residents of Plymouth, Mass Bay and Hartford Colonies soon hardened into the thinking that they could aggressively take over any land they wanted at any time. This destructive greed violently attacked the spiritual and cultural foundation of the Indigenous nations who had live in balance on that very land for thousands of years.
Abraham Lincoln specifically designated the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day – It has become a day that seemed to show the “goodness” of our national beginnings – abundance, harmony between people, God’s blessing on the beginnings of this nation-state.
Although these positive ideas were intended to heal the divisions of the Civil War, they were radically disconnected from the reality of the 250 years of unconscionably brutal colonization of hundreds of Native Nations of the East. This same force of colonization continued the tragic attack of and subjugation of the Native Nations
of the West after the Civil War.
Let us walk together to learn and reflect, to deepen our understanding so that we may earnestly begin to discern how to walk into the future. How we can live in a way that will bear good fruit for the earth and the people.
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