A good read and a different account of the usual Thanksgiving story we were raised to believe. Link: Article from Indian Country Today
And an interesting bit from Wikipedia:
Early contacts between the Wampanoag and Europeans date from the 16th century, when European merchant vessels and fishing boats traveled along the coast of present-day New England. Captains of merchant vessels captured Native Americans and sold them as slaves in order to increase their earnings. For example, Captain Thomas Hunt captured several Wampanoag in 1614. After his return to Europe, he sold them in Spain as slaves. A Patuxet named Tisquantum (or Squanto) was bought by Spanish monks, who attempted to convert him before eventually setting him free.
Tisquantum boarded an English ship to accompany an expedition to Newfoundland as an interpreter. From Newfoundland, he made his way back to his homeland in 1619, only to discover that the entire Patuxet tribe — and with them, his family — had fallen victim to an epidemic.
In 1620, religious refugees from England, known popularly as the Pilgrims, arrived in present-day Plymouth. Tisquantum and other Wampanoag taught the newly arrived settlers how to cultivate the varieties of corn, squash and beans (the Three Sisters) that flourished in New England, as well as how to catch and process fish and collect seafood. They enabled the English pilgrims to survive their first winters.
Thanksgiving to me is a day to celebrate family, enjoy good food, good company, laughter and the occasional football game. I LOVE to cook, and this year, I am up-ending the usual tradition. No one in our family likes turkey all that much, so I’m making a crispy baked chicken (light and dark pieces) and ham with all the fixings. Family members are also bringing some deliciousness with them! Can’t wait to try our son’s stuffing. He’s a real gourmet.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
It’s been a wild year for my family with ups and downs like we’ve never experienced before. I am thankful for my health (I am pain free at the moment and hope to stay that way), my family, my job, my book, my publisher and the country I live in, which is full of opportunity for those willing to invest the effort.
I hope for greater peace, and inclusion in our fractured world. Less pointing fingers. Less hateful words. An insistence on civility – a return to respectful interaction, and yes, even disagreement. More understanding and collaboration. LOVE.