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Thanksgiving: Reality or Myth?




Wednesday, November 25, 2009


"For an Indian, who is also a school teacher, Thanksgiving was never an easy holiday for me to deal with in class. I sometimes have felt like I learned too much about 'the Pilgrims and the Indians.' Every year I have been faced with the professional and moral dilemma of just how to be honest and informative with my children at Thanksgiving without passing on historical distortions, and racial and cultural stereotypes. The problem is that part of what you and I learned in our own childhood about the 'Pilgrims' and 'Squanto' and  the 'First Thanksgiving' is a mixture of both history and myth."  Read more here.

4 comments:

Anonymous on: November 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM said...

Excellent!!!
November 27 at 1:23pm on Facebook

Anonymous on: November 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM said...

Thanks for this post...it's important to at least know of the origin of the things we celebrate and to honor its truths. Many people say "what's the big deal?" which devalues the legacy of oppression, instead of offering gratitude to the first peoples for their gifts. May we honor and give thanks to our truths and all our relations.
November 26 at 9:13am on Facebook

Anonymous on: November 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM said...

Gives you something to think about.
November 27 at Noon on Facebook

Anonymous on: November 29, 2009 at 1:19 PM said...

wowww! thanks a lot. it's great to read this. i like the dedication of these educators to balance historical truth with the spirit of giving thanks.
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