The Place of Stone
Dighton Rock and the Erasure of America's Indigenous PastBook - 2017
In this fascinating story rich in personalities and memorable characters, Douglas Hunter uses Dighton Rock to reveal the long, complex history of colonization, American archaeology, and the conceptualization of Indigenous people. Hunter argues that misinterpretations of the rock's markings share common motivations and have erased Indigenous people not only from their own history but from the landscape. He shows how Dighton Rock for centuries drove ideas about the original peopling of the Americas, including Bering Strait migration scenarios and the identity of the "Mound Builders." He argues the debates over Dighton Rock have served to answer two questions: Who belongs in America, and to whom does America belong?
From Library Staff
Hunter examines the varied history of the interpretation of Dighton Rock, a stone in Massachusetts covered in petroglyphs. He uses that changing interpretation as an analogy for the history of American colonization and the confiscation of indigenous history from indigenous peoples themselves.