Offering an overview of the other four essays in this special section, this essay also opens up broader ground for consideration. It begins with the story of Mahomet Weyonomon, a Mohegan sachem who traveled to London in 1736 to present a land-rights petition to George II but who died of smallpox before he could complete his task. Two hundred seventy years later, the Mohegan Tribe, with the help of Elizabeth II, unveiled a monument to Mahomet at Southwark Cathedral. Oscillating between his story and wider questions related to monument, memory, and commemoration, this short essay argues for a reconsideration of what constitutes the spaces of indigenous history, moving beyond traditional territories and topics to include urban areas, metropoles, vernacular spaces, and the settler imaginary.
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Coll Thrush; Monument, Mobility, and Modernity; Or, the Sachem of Southwark and Other Surprising Commemorations. Ethnohistory 1 October 2014; 61 (4): 607–618. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00141801-2717786
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