learn. teach. give thanks.

21 November 2011
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I grew up, like most American kids born in the 70s, with a fairly mythological teaching of the first Thanksgiving. We heard about the Native Americans and the Pilgrims sitting down to a large meal and enjoying their time together-- rather than the truth of where American Thanksgiving began. Like many other holidays, the roots of a celebration sometimes start quite differently than what today's modern version of the holiday looks like.

As a parent, it's important to me that I do not pass along the fictitious Thanksgiving story. This article, provided by the Manataka American Indian Council, provides a very good 'story' of Thanksgiving that more accurately shares our history.* However, please be warned that this may be a difficult read for anyone with fond memories of making feathered head dresses and pilgrim hats in school.

So, while my memories of school lessons involving a friendly meal shared at Plymouth Rock are a thing of past generations. I move forward, with a stronger knowledge of history, and continuing to honor a day set aside to recognize all we have to be thankful for.

*Note: The linked article is divided into three parts-- the first is a graphic telling of the first Thanksgiving, the second is an introduction of the topic for teachers and the third is a suggested retelling of the Plymouth Thanksgiving story that is more representative of actual history.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I had no idea! I'm disappointed that I didn't know sooner.

Tina said...

This is why I love your blog! One day it is scarves and the next is a history lesson!!!!!!! :o)

Bly said...

Being of Iroquois decent I am troubled every year at this time. I don't think enough people understand where Thanksgiving began and the continued lack of teaching the truth in our schools is disturbing. Knowing the true history doesn't need to diminish today's celebrations. Thank you for this article.

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Sherri from Bees Today Honey Tomorrow said...

Damn it. I just made Pilgrim bonnets and hats for my kids! Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I didn't know.

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