About This Journey

“Fullness of knowledge always and necessarily means some understanding of the depths of our ignorance, and that is always conducive to both humility and reverence.”

— Robert A. Millikan

I have a great interest in the context and culture of the area in which I now live, prior to its becoming the Brattleboro, Vermont we know today. And it has become clear that there has been, and continues to be (perhaps deepening), a great ignorance of the story of this land and its people. Some say it has been deliberate. Meaning, the disregarding of the vast sweep of 12,000 years preceding the past scant three hundred of European settlement: the Sokwakiak of the Western Abenaki were here for many centuries and their ancestors for millenia before them. And, it must be affirmed, their descendants are still among us.

By way of honoring this land and its people, I would like to acknowledge and document this ongoing heritage; I hope to encourage an awareness that will engender respect. By sharing, it will do greater good and travel farther; these notes do not belong to me but to the land and its people. I do not profess to be an expert: I am always open to learning more and understanding better. Please excuse any errors and share your mind and words with me.

 Practical note: There have been many (but not all, perhaps) in the past who have, in their zeal or fascination, done great harm by indiscriminate collecting and removal of cultural objects in their context, albeit with or without intent. Even greater has been the development and exploitation of the natural terrain itself, through benightedness or even dogmatic conviction. This is not my mindset; I am of the persuasion that the hardest task is to look, learn, and gain understanding, without harm. If you get what I mean, we’re on the same page. This life, this land, deserves to be examined and honored.

6 thoughts on “About This Journey”

    1. Exactly. There is a progressive movement within the field of archaeology known as the humanization of experience, which seeks to restore humanity to the inert, material data. It directs the inquirer to ask “What would real people do in a given situation, or indeed, may still be doing?” It is an inclusion of oral history and current practice, for example, into an interpretation of the bits of stone, pottery, and metal that may be recovered from the soil, bringing the life back into the story. It’s an encouraging development.

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  1. Rich, petroglyph I mentioned is at Lat 42°56’48.98″N Lon 72°34’20.80″W . From the NW corner of the building walk west about 25 paces and you will see the petroglyph about 10 feet to the north. I’ve heard it was at one time on a “tour of petroglyphs” in this area.


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