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Christine M. DeLucia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300201178

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300201178.001.0001

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Power and Persistence along a Changing River

Power and Persistence along a Changing River

Industrial Transformations, Ceremonial Landscapes, and Contemporary Reconciliations

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Memory Lands

Christine M. DeLucia

Yale University Press

This chapter follows the evolution of the Great River valley in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, an era when industrialization and modernization created anxieties among many Euro-American populations, as well as opportunities for enduring Native communities. It accounts for the emergence of Turners Falls as a planned industrial community that harnessed the current of the river for hydropower, and provided an impetus for conservative place-marking efforts among area antiquarians. The chapter takes up a resurgence of efforts by northeast tribes and organizations endeavouring to protect and reinterpret key areas along the river, including a “reconciliation” staged in the early 2000s between Natives and non-Natives, and debates over the treatment of “ceremonial landscapes” in the face of infrastructure development. It considers the nature of monuments that have been rethought by poets as well as local residents, and the implications of critical “graffiti” on these stones.

Keywords:   Industrialization, Modernization, Turners Falls, Hydropower, Antiquarians, Reconciliation, Ceremonial landscapes, Poets, Graffiti

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