Something close to home and "in season" that sparked an exploration worth sharing... here's the latest article from the Early Childhood site at BellaOnline.com. Despite this issue, I hope everyone (in the US, I suppose) has a lovely Thanksgiving Holiday.
The Claremont Thanksgiving Debate - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art39029.asp
In my suburban community in Southern California there are two public elementary schools that have traditionally celebrated together the week of Thanksgiving each year with a "Friendship Feast." But a debate over dressing as Native Americans and the authenticity of the event polarized my small town.
No Playing Indian at Thanksgiving - http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art30719.asp
In response to the ongoing debate in my daughter's school district about whether it is appropriate to make Native American costumes and re-enact what is generally known as the First Thanksgiving, I decided to do some research on what is at the root of those who object to these traditions.
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Nicki Heskin, Early Childhood Editor
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