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As people gather to be with family and friends on this federal holiday, it is essential to recall the history and events of the holiday as myths and memories, recalling the forgeries of liberation narratives covering colonization and genocide.

The story goes that in the fall of 1621, the Wampanoag people, who had lived in southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island for more than 10,000 years, shared a bountiful three-day feast with those they had agreed to years earlier for mutual protection. Their friend, the pilgrim. The holiday has gone through several iterations on the 17thm and 19m century and again after WWII. For the official Congressional version of the history, click here.

“Thanksgiving is rooted in a historical mistake.” [Matika] And the story is tied to the idea of ​​white supremacy, says Wilbur. “The dominant Pilgrim narrative corresponds to a colonialism that was inherently oppressive and brutal.”

Here are some resources for preparing for a holiday dinner discussion.

In this article today,

“How to tell kids the real story behind Thanksgiving,” isn’t just advice All my relationship Podcast below but share ideas about how to talk about these issues at home. “It’s hard because we have to talk about some raw things to get a fuller, clearer understanding,” Peters, a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and a researcher and journalist, told TODAY Parents. “Quite frankly, cherry picking the moment when the Wampanoag and the Puritans break bread because the ‘Kumbaya’ moment doesn’t really do it any justice. The Wampanoag is marginalized and forgotten, and the story behind what happens in the end is incredibly critical.”

November 20, 2020 episode, Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving?, from All my relationship podcasts.

“Thanksgiving is a time for people to gather with their families and give thanks for the blessings in their lives; but the core of the American holiday is rooted in historical inaccuracies and supporting tired settler colonial belief systems. Instead, let’s begin to understand its true story. Thanksgiving and the Complex History of Indigenous Peoples Relationships underlie this event. The path to reconciliation begins with an honest acknowledgment of our past, with open eyes, and an open heart for a better future. It is time for us to have a good relationship with one. Another. We can do this by learning and learning how to be a better one. Ways to say thank you.

“Lies Your Teachers Taught You: The Truth About Thanksgiving,” Again, from All My Relationships, the episode focuses on the voice and experience of a new teenager.

“[T]She is the first installment in a series…In this episode, we sit down with Matika and her 13-year-old nephew to teach them the true history of European and Native contact. Because this episode is with a new teenager, we wanted to show that it’s not a difficult conversation, and that most people don’t want to lie — which reframes the myth.”

Gorgeous, fun, and futuristic looking, “All My Relationships Hosted a Podcast Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Dr. Adrienne Keen (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships — relationships with the land, with our creative kin, and with each other. Each episode invites guests to explore a different issue facing Native Americans today. We keep it real, play some games, laugh a lot, even cry sometimes. We invite you to join us!”

Matika Wilber is an amazing photographer. Their latest effort, Project 562,

“A multi-year national photography project dedicated to photographing more than 562 federally recognized tribes, urban Native communities, tribes fighting for federal recognition, and indigenous role models in what is now known as the United States, has resulted in an unprecedented trove of images. And oral history that accurately portrays contemporary Native Americans. This creative, consciousness-changing work will be widely distributed through national curricula, artistic publications, exhibitions, and online portals.”

See this article for a discussion of “Un-Thanksgiving”, first held in the 1970s and now organized as the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) National Day of Mourning.

“Thanksgiving, a long painful holiday for Native Americans, first came under public attack in 1970. That’s when Massachusetts state officials scrutinized the text of a speech that Frank B. James, a Wampanoag leader, was scheduled to deliver in a speech. The 350th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. Celebratory feast. Finding James’s passionate description of stolen land and broken promises unfit for the occasion, they immediately withdraw their invitation to break bread with him, thus subverting the very mythic, ancestral feast. Recall. But James does not go away hungry—or silent. . He found another outlet for his voice when, that Thanksgiving, he gathered with hundreds of other Native American protestors at Coles Hill, the promontory above Plymouth Rock. There they protested the ritual. They blanketed the rock with sand as the ritual went on. did, dusted it off and buried it again, thereby coinciding with the first National Day of Mourning “Envelopes Giving.”

With this video interview [the late] Russell Means Native American Land Rights, Thanksgiving, and the Future of Tribal Culture in the United States” offers a perspective from an influential activist whose story weaves contemporary and past struggles.

So, while many people are gathering to celebrate the federal holiday by being with family, others are gathering to celebrate the national holiday commemorating events that are taught in K-12 and sometimes mainstream US history in universities. Dominant historical narratives rarely accurately address the violence and sin of the Founding Fathers, except in redemption narratives. These omissions, reinterpretations, denials and denials pertain to a “fundamental” interpretation of the Constitution. It is not only a legal interpretation, but also a historical perspective and method, a “fundamentalist” interpretation of history, about myth-making.

Why is it important? Because discussing the history, and ongoing consequences, of US colonialism, slavery and Jim Crow is not enough – be it Thanksgiving or any other time of year. Because the indigenous people are still struggling to survive the ongoing project of colonialism. I know, I know, it’s just a holiday. Probably. This holiday is not for political discussions at the dinner table. Not having a political conversation at the dinner table is a political decision. Anger maybe? Neutrality takes a stand—in this case, not discussing the history of the holiday known as Thanksgiving to some and Day of Mourning to others.

Enjoy your meal with family and friends. Cheers for the good conversation.