Thanksgiving Feast

As we approach Thanksgiving, here are a few things we might want to keep in mind:

  • The story of the first Thanksgiving is often told from the perspective of the Pilgrims.
  • Thanksgiving means different things to different people.
  • Some Native Americans refer to it as a National Day of Mourning.
  • Many Thanksgiving images are stereotypical images of Native Americans.
  • These images are hurtful and can promote prejudice.
  • The Wampanoags’ assistance to the Pilgrims was followed by the theft of their land and genocide of their people.
  • Native Americans are not all the same.  There are different names, languages and cultures.

Here’s are two good articles to read:  The Surpressed Speech by Wamsutta James and Thanksgiving: A Native American View by Jacqueline Keeler

Here’s my question for you.  Do I stand by silently as Island Boy and the rest of the Kindergartners are asked to make a pillowcase, fringed outfit for a Thanksgiving feast?  Do I have him choose a Native American name?  As a friend suggests for his name, “He-Who-Equates-Dressing-Up-As-An-“Indian”-As-Dressing-Up-In-Black-Face”? Or do I send information to the Kindergarten Team to reconsider their curriculum for the following year?

–Running Girl


3 responses to this post.

  1. Very informative. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Posted by Cec on November 6, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Hmmmmm…surprised that the previous commenter didn’t have more to say on this considering his past rants about children dressed as Native Americans for Halloween.

    I always love the idea of people standing up for what’s right.I don’t always do it because sometimes I think my suggestions fall on deaf ears. If you decide to go for it, we’d be grateful because it may prevent Precocious (us) from having to go through the same thing next year.


  3. Posted by Anna on November 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Send information to the kindergarten team. They should know better!


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