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    The Myth of Thanksgiving: Native American Perspectives on The Pilgrims


    Many New England tribes view Thanksgiving as a day of mourning

    Members of Native American tribes from around New England are gathering in the seaside town where the Pilgrims settled — not to give thanks, but to mourn Indigenous people worldwide who've suffered centuries of racism and mistreatment.

    Thursday's solemn National Day of Mourning observance in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease and oppression that European settlers brought to North America.

    "We Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims," said Kisha James, a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag and Oglala Lakota tribes and the granddaughter of Wamsutta Frank James, the event's founder.

    "We want to educate people so that they understand the stories we all learned in school about the first Thanksgiving are nothing but lies. Wampanoag and other Indigenous people have certainly not lived happily ever after since the arrival of the Pilgrims," James said.

    "To us, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning, because we remember the millions of our ancestors who were murdered by uninvited European colonists such as the Pilgrims. Today, we and many Indigenous people around the country say, 'No Thanks, No Giving.'"


    Sauanto may be buried under a Cape Cod parking lot golf course

    The life and mysterious death of Squanto, whose remains may now lie under a Cape Cod golf course.


    Squanto may have been poisoned by members of his own tribe



    The myth of peaceful Native Americans.

    The Indian tribes along the Florida panhandle had no problem enslaving a shipwrecked Spaniard (Cabeza de Vaca) every one.

    But still nicer than Aztecs.

    This is why I love Dagblog. You guys are on my wavelength. I didn't post this necessarily because I agree 100 percent but because I found the topic interesting. I just became familiar with Cabeza de Vaca recently. I'm not sure why more of that history hasn't been discussed more often. Really interesting stuff there:



    Not that a bit of slavery compares to a centuries-long genocidal war celebrated by Chile's epic poem, La Araucana.


    The Spanish mission was to conquer Florida.

    The Spanish Christians had the same morals as the Native Americans, the supposed heathens.

    It is not taught because it would make white children feel bad.

    Are u getting a sad on? 


    Thanks  for the humor

    Students who enroll in classes that include anti-racism and diversity education have a higher rate of graduating and attending college.

    Ethnic studies increases longer-run academic engagement and attainment

    Anti-racist curricula and teaching methods are a potentially potent way for schools to better promote a just society and improve educational outcomes for low-income students and students of color. Ethnic studies (ES) courses in K–12 schools are an increasingly common and prominent example of such culturally relevant and critically engaged practice. Proponents tout the benefits of ES for increasing student engagement and academic outcomes, yet there is little causal evidence supporting these claims. In this study, we use a preregistered regression-discontinuity research design to identify the longer-term impacts on educational attainment and engagement of being assigned to an ES course in grade 9. We find that assignment to ES substantially increased high school graduation, attendance, and the probability of enrolling in college.


    Do you have humor on your planet? If so, is it ever used in common situations or just saved for formal celebrations and holidays?

    May be a new reckoning, like the one Obama had

    [...] In January 1675, Christian Indian John Sassamon warned Plymouth Colony that Philip planned to attack English settlements. The English ignored the warning and soon found Sassamon’s murdered body in an icy pond.

    A jury made up of colonists and Indians found three Wampanoag men guilty for Sassamon’s murder and hanged them on June 8, 1675. Their execution incensed Philip, whom the English had accused of plotting Sassamon’s murder, and ignited tensions between the Wampanoag and the colonists, setting the stage for war [....]


    King Philip’s War @ History.com, Dec. 4, 2020

    That was more than 50 years after the first "thanksgiving" celebration. 50 years.

    Also see, from Smithsonian's National Museum of Afro-American History & Culture:

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