November 1, 2007 Harpers Ferry, Allston, Massachusetts
Moonalice poster by Chris Shaw
According to Moonalice legend, the Boston Tea Party story is phony. Like you, we were surprised to discover this, but the legend is quite specific on this point. History books claim that a group of patriots dressed up as Indians rowed across Boston harbor to a British ship loaded with tea. They climbed aboard, found the cargo of tea and dumped it in the harbor to protest British taxation. Moonalice legend offers a very different version. Apparently, a group of young tribe members heard that a ship had arrived in Boston with a large cargo of hemp products. They boarded the ship and searched it, only to discover – after much smoking and coughing – that cargo was actually tea. In a fit of pique, they dumped it overboard. Patriot leaders saw the tea crates floating in the harbor and quickly claimed credit. The rest, as they say, is history.
Another tidbit from Moonalice legend: we discovered that the ancient Moonalice tribe played a game called Socks, Rocks, Diamond Backs. It was apparently a predecessor to the modern game of Rock, Scissors, Paper, but the rules were way more primitive. Rocks beat Diamond Backs, but Socks (or Sox, as they were known to the tribe) beat everything. Surprisingly, game remains popular among tribe members in the Boston area.
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