Dr. Kay McGowan

Dr. Kay McGowan

Native American Harvest Traditions and Thanksgiving

Dr. Kay McGowan (Mississippi Chocktaw and Cherokee), a sociology, anthropology and criminology lecturer at Eastern Michigan University (EMU), recently spoke at the school’s annual fall feast about Native American harvest traditions and Thanksgiving.

She discusses how the turkey was domesticated by the Zapoteca Indians in Oaxaca, Mexico and how Native Americans didn’t limit their giving of thanks to once a year, they held six ceremonies a year. Her comment about earthworms being the only species that outnumber humans got a giggle from the crowd.

McGowan goes on to say that Native Americans today see Thanksgiving Day as a day of mourning.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zC-IRSNdNWw[/youtube]

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