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The Real Thanksgiving Story and How People Celebrate the Day
Most white Americans celebrate Thanksgiving yearly with good food and other activities. But on this occasion, many Native Americans have different ways of looking at the day. Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks to many Native Americans but for others, they look at this day as a day of mourning and remembrance.
In order for us to understand this difference, we need to go back to what really happened on the first Thanksgiving day.
In school, children are taught that when the pilgrims arrived in American it was the Native Americans that taught them how to plant food and other items in order to survive. The pilgrims and Native Americans ate a feast together in thanksgiving for the abundant harvest that was gathered from their crops.
But this is not the real story of the first Thanksgiving. The reason why the pilgrims settled at Plymouth was that many Native Americans had died of the plague. Squanto, the Native American who had helped the pilgrims previously, was made into a slave. Soon, the pilgrims and their descendants made Native Americans their slaves, killing, persecuting and robbing them over the next few centuries.
And this is why Native Americans look at the first Thanksgiving as a violent past while the white Americans look at it as a day of giving thanks.
Time has many celebration of the holiday different. People still tell the story of the first Thanksgiving day but most celebrations today simply center on family, food, and gratitude. If you read on here, you will learn about the traditions and history of Thanksgiving.
And because of the way it is being celebrated today, there are many Native Americans who do celebrate this day. Thanksgiving for them gives them a chance to continue a heritage of helping people in need. Some others celebrate their people’s resilience and the fact that they have survived the oppression.
The celebration and teaching of the first Thanksgiving are still being done in schools today but they are being asked by anti-racist organizations to recognize what really happened that day. They encourage teachers to provide more accurate information about the culture of the native Americans.
This painful past can simply be ignored by white people. But you can celebrate this day by talking to your family about what the first Thanksgiving meant to both the pilgrims and the Native Americans. The past cannot simply be ignored by Native Americans.
While many Native Americans find Thanksgiving as an opportunity to remember their heritage and give thanks for life, others see it as a painful remembrance of a great period of suffering and oppression.