Happy Thanksgiving and unThanksgiving. The holiday commemorates a shared meal that didn’t end well for all of the guests. Some history is not shared in full detail. It may spare the feelings of some while dismissing the feelings and history of others. The holiday of Thanksgiving in the United States is based on an event that is celebrated as the pilgrims first meal shared with native indigenous people – at least in my memory of early school years.
The actual date is based on an event with a much different story. A peaceful meal was planned but it didn’t remain peaceful for the indigenous hosts. May they enjoy some eternal peace. You can read and here more about the history of that first Thanksgiving here: Thanksgiving Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering
Giving thanks is a healing activity every day of the year. Spending time with family and friends makes it a special day to appreciate each other and our shared heritage with its joy and its sorrow.
Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use.Giving Thanks to each other and to Indigenous People by Jenny