The so-called feast of thanks returns each year, each succeeding year seemingly shorter by a month, as if twelve is shaved ever closer to zero. Then there was continued encroachment. A Key into the Language of America, 1643, by Roger Williams, written in Narragansett territory as a guide to that other language, the language of America, that must be translated, or over-written. The son of the King of the feast becomes King Philip and devises his devastating war; his head on display, his people indentured into colonial homes. Resignification is thusly inevitable, no matter the weight of power's survival. The formations and meetings become, however bloody, the scriptings of myth, the ever-layered template of ritual that act out the past as it can be, needs to be, and in that acting out, becomes actual.
"They have thirteen moneths and are content to settle for that many. The courage to grow organs in reply to want, the way a giraffe stretches her neck to mounting advantage. If seasons can force the day around the sun there is no end to threshold or shedding skin. The chief difficulty with nature's outline yields hand-held exposures such as Tashecautummo. How Many Years Since fatal expression, since semantics, since influence.
A Key Into the Language of America