Book Release and Discussion
Lisa Brooks, photo by John B. Weller
Christine DeLucia
Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, photo by Margaret Bruchac

King Philip's War Reconsidered

A discussion and book signing with:


Lisa Brooks

Associate Professor of English and American Studies, Amherst College


Christine DeLucia

Assistant Professor of History, Mount Holyoke College


Moderated by:


Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel

Medicine Woman and Tribal Historian of the Mohegan Tribe


Tuesday, February 20, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum


King Philip’s War is known as one of the most devastating conflicts between Native Americans and European settlers in seventeenth-century America, with far-reaching consequences and centuries-long repercussions for all involved and their descendants. While conventional historical narratives have centered around the war’s impact on Euro-American colonizers, two brand new books by scholars Lisa Brooks (Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War, Yale Univ. Press. 2018) and Christine DeLucia (Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast, Yale Univ. Press, 2018) provide dramatically different perspectives on the conflict and its enduring legacies. They situate the conflict within longstanding Indigenous homelands and kinship networks, and highlight the strategic, protective decisions made by a diverse array of Native leaders and communities during a period of intense upheaval. In tracing the protracted reverberations of the war and the contested ways in which it has been memorialized, they offer new vantages on the Native Northeast, colonial New England, and American history and origins.


Brooks and DeLucia will read passages from their books, and Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, Medicine Woman of the Mohegan Tribe, will moderate a discussion about the ways in which their research stands to change the way we understand this history, the gendered nature of colonial era narratives, and the collective mentalities of New England’s diverse Native and Euro-American communities.


Sponsored by the Yale Native American Cultural Center, the Yale Group for the Study of Native America, the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, the Yale University Department of Anthropology, and the Yale Peabody Museum.