"I see nothing wrong with gathering with family
to give thanks to our Creator for our blessings
and sharing a meal. I do, however, hope that
Americans as a whole will one day acknowledge
the true origin of this holiday, and remember
the pain, loss, and agony of the Indigenous people
who suffered at the hands of the so-called 'pilgrims'."
me begin by stating that thousands of years before the 'official'
Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by Governor Winthrop of the
Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, North American Indigenous people
across the continent had celebrated seasons of Thanksgiving.
'Thanksgiving' is a very ancient concept to American Indian nations.
The big problem with the American Thanksgiving holiday is its false
association with American Indian people. The infamous 'Indians and
pilgrims' myth. It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful
for your blessings. It is not good to distort history, to falsely
portray the origin of this holiday and lie about the truth of its
actual inception. Here are some accurate historical facts about the
true origin of this American holiday that may interest you.
did not begin as a great loving relationship between the pilgrims and
the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people. In fact, in October of
1621 when the 'pilgrim' survivors of their first winter in Turtle
Island sat down to share the first unofficial 'Thanksgiving' meal, the
Indians who were there were not even invited! There was no turkey,
squash, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. A few days before this alleged
feast took place, a company of 'pilgrims' led by Miles Standish
actively sought the head of a local Indian leader, and an 11 foot high
wall was erected around the entire Plymouth settlement for the very
purpose of keeping Indians out! Officially, the holiday we know as
'Thanksgiving' actually came into existence in the year 1637. Governor
Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed this first official
day of Thanksgiving and feasting to celebrate the return of the
colony's men who had arrived safely from what is now Mystic,
Connecticut. They had gone there to participate in the massacre of over
700 Pequot men, women and children, and Mr. Winthrop decided to
dedicate an official day of thanksgiving complete with a feast to 'give
thanks' for their great 'victory'.
hard as it may be to conceive, this is the actual origin of our current
Thanksgiving Day holiday. Many American Indian people these days do not
observe this holiday, for obvious reasons. I see nothing wrong with
gathering with family to give thanks to our Creator for our blessings
and sharing a meal. I do, however, hope that Americans as a whole will
one day acknowledge the true origin of this holiday, and remember the
pain, loss, and agony of the Indigenous people who suffered at the
hands of the so-called 'pilgrims'. It is my hope that children's plays
about 'the first Thanksgiving', complete with Indians and pilgrims
chumming at the dinner table, will someday be a thing of the past. Why
perpetuate a lie? Let us face the truths of the past, and give thanks
that we are learning to love one another for the rich human diversity