Your Thanksgiving is a Native American's Day of Mourning
Ever ponder the story of Thanksgiving beyond food, family, and football? Well, here is some food for thought; while you sit down to celebrate the Pilgrim's point of view of Thanksgiving, Native Americans will be honoring their arrival on Plymouth Rock with what they've deemed a National Day of Mourning. Now, let us honor them by understanding their perspective of this rich, yet bloody holiday. It's the least we can do to give a little more depth of meaning to our cherished turkey feast.
National Museum of the American Indian (download PDF)
For most Americans, Thanksgiving commemorates a shared feast between Native Americans and European colonists, but the history that followed the feast is not a happy one. How do Native Americans approach the problematic national holiday?
Thanksgiving, you might vaguely remember from elementary school, celebrates a feast shared by the Wampanoag tribe and European settlers the tribe had saved from starvation. It turned out, of course, that the presence of Europeans was tragic for the Native Americans who had welcomed them.
Too often the story of the 1621 Thanksgiving is told from the Pilgrims’ point of view, and when the Wampanoag, who partook in this feast too, are included, it is usually in a brief or distorted way. In search of the Native American perspective...
While families across the country indulge on their Thanskgiving Day feasts, hundreds will gather at Cole’s Hill in Plymouth on Thursday to commemorate a different tradition: the National Day of Mourning.
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