Thanksgiving is tomorrow. For many of us it is a day of family gatherings, eating too much, and maybe some football. But the history of this National Holiday is not a pleasant one for Native Americans. The day is often renamed, not necessarily in defiance, but perhaps more in tradition.
Thanksgiving, the Forgotten Story
Our children have been taught the myth of the First Thanksgiving with happy Pilgrims and Indians. There are a few kernels of truth in the story. However, knowing more of the factual history of this National Holiday, one can understand why it is problematic for many American Indians.
Please visit nativeamerican.bellaonline.com for more about Native Americans and our history. Sometimes that history is hard to learn and even harder to reconcile. This article was neither an easy or pleasant task, but it was inspiring. Despite our history, American Indians continue to be thankful. Thanksgiving is our tradition, a part of our daily life.
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Have fun passing this message along. History can sometimes be hard to learn and share, but we must so that it will not be repeated. Warmest Wishes for a Wonderful Thanksgiving, Tomorrow and Every Day, as we
Walk in Balance and Beauty
Jane Winkler, Native American Editor
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