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Eldorado

The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story

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Eldorado

"In Thanksgiving pageants held at schools across the United States, children don headdresses colored with craft-store feathers and share tables with classmates wearing black construction paper hats.

"It’s a tradition that pulls on a history passed down through the generations of what happened in Plymouth: local Native Americans welcomed the courageous, pioneering pilgrims to a celebratory feast. But, as David Silverman writes in his new book This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving, much of that story is a myth riddled with historical inaccuracies. Beyond that, Silverman argues that the telling and retelling of these falsehoods is deeply harmful to the Wampanoag Indians whose lives and society were forever damaged after the English arrived in Plymouth.

"Silverman’s book focuses on the Wampanoags. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth in 1620, the sachem (chief) Ousamequin offered the new arrivals an entente, primarily as a way to protect the Wampanoags against their rivals, the Narragansetts.

"For 50 years, the alliance was tested by colonial land expansion, the spread of disease, and the exploitation of resources on Wampanoag land. Then, tensions ignited into war. Known as King Philip’s War (or the Great Narragansett War), the conflict devastated the Wampanoags and forever shifted the balance of power in favor of European arrivals.

"Wampanoags today remember the Pilgrims’ entry to their homeland as a day of deep mourning, rather than a moment of giving thanks."

Full article at the Smithsonian Mag:: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thanksgiving-myth-and-what-we-should-be-teaching-kids-180973655/#Qc3bH7kuRvgWM7rw.99

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third_eye

Not to mention the lives of turkeys were forever changed... 

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Piney
2 hours ago, third_eye said:

Not to mention the lives of turkeys were forever changed... 

Which ones? The birds or the WASPs? :huh:

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third_eye
20 minutes ago, Piney said:

Which ones? The birds or the WASPs? :huh:

That's quite a fowl you committed there...

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Piney
34 minutes ago, third_eye said:

That's quite a fowl you committed there...

What are you? Chicken? 

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Hammerclaw

Thanksgiving was just Turkey Day around here. The only time of year we ate the darn things, smothered in gravy and cranberry sauce to mask the peculiar flavor and make them palatable. No profound thoughts about the holiday; nothing but football and specials on TV. The only big deal was being off from work or school.

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third_eye
1 hour ago, Piney said:

What are you? Chicken? 

Down with ducktators!!! 

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Happy Thanksgiving :w00t:  

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GlitterRose

To me, it's a day to be thankful for what you have. And maybe if you're lucky enough, you get to have a nice meal with your family and friends.

I don't know why people still have kids acting out what we all know to be outrageous falsehoods. I agree it should stop.

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