For Thanksgiving this year ICTMN spoke to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's Tribal Historic Preservation Officer to get a better understanding of what really happened 401 years ago at the first Thanksgiving, and what Wampanoags do today.
What is the true history of Thanksgiving? When you hear about the Pilgrims and “the Indians” harmoniously sharing the “first Thanksgiving” meal in 1621, the Indians referred to so generically are the ancestors of the contemporary members of the Wampanoag Nation. As the story commonly goes, the Pilgrims sailed...
Before we go any further, let’s agree to disagree on the many and conflicting finer details of the first purported “Thanksgiving” dinner of 1621 where English colonists (Pilgrims) allegedly broke bread with Native Americans (Wampanoag).Indian Country Today Media Network reported in “The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving that,...
It’s November, a time of year that many parents, teachers, and librarians look forward to giving children books about what is commonly—and erroneously—called “The First Thanksgiving.” Others seek books that counter the narrative of Pilgrims and Indians warmly sharing a meal together, and still others want to avoid disingenuous...
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