“What is it about the story of ‘The First Thanksgiving’ that makes it essential to be taught in virtually every grade from preschool through high school?” begins the post “Deconstructing the Myths of ‘The First Thanksgiving’ “ by Judy Dow (Abenaki). This article includes 11 myths about the first Thanksgiving, notes and sources, recommended books about Thanksgiving, and primary sources from a colonialist perspective. Find this post and more under Resources at http://oyate.org.
A beautiful book for all ages is 1621 A New Look At Thanksgiving by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac with Plimoth Plantation, published by National Geographic. This book has informative photos and drawings, factual information from a native point of view, timelines, and recipes. From the back cover: “In the fall of 1621, English colonists and Wampanoag people feasted together for three days. Join National Geographic and Plimoth Plantation for a new look at the real history behind the event that inspried the myth of The First Thanksgiving.”
Giving Thanks, A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp is a wonderful book that reminds us about the importance of being grateful for all that Mother Earth has provided for us.