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Uncovering the True History of Thanksgiving

"The Wampanoag Thanksgiving experience

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 who sailed from England on the Mayflower and landed at what became Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620 had a good harvest the next year.

So Plymouth Gov. William Bradford organized a feast to celebrate the harvest and invited a group of “Native American allies, including the Wampanoag chief Massasoit” to the party. The feast lasted three days and, according to chronicler Edward Winslow, Bradford sent four men on a “fowling mission” to prepare for the feast and the Wampanoag guests brought five deer to the party. And ever since then, the story goes, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. Not exactly, Ramona Peters, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer told Indian Country Media Network in a conversation on the day before Thanksgiving 2012—391 years since that mythological “first Thanksgiving.”"

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We won the Indian wars. They lost. So we get to write the historical narrative any way we want.
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bigpawbullets Level 8 Nov 24, 2018
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I read the story about how the Trump admin is trying to take away their native american status..

SamMcGlone1 Level 3 Nov 22, 2018
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Disgusting, isn't it?

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I've taught in the Native Amerixan community for 20 years. I know firsthand their anger, frustration, and discouragement on the continued myth of Thanksgiving. And I must say I can't blame them.

t1nick Level 7 Nov 22, 2018
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Oh, sorry, now see that the article, says that. Just joined yesterday, and still figuring out how things work.

RickyAdams Level 5 Nov 22, 2018
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It hasnt been celebrated ever since. Different regions celebrated at different times and in different ways, until Lincoln became president. Lincoln made it a national holiday in an attempt to help unify the country, due to Civil War. And, the original Thanksgiving was giving thanks to god. So, technically, Thanksgiving is a religious and political holiday.

RickyAdams Level 5 Nov 22, 2018
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