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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Thanksgiving 1621

If you asked most Americans to tell you when the first Thanksgiving was, who was there, and what they ate? You would get approximately the same mythological story.- In 1621 the Pilgrims were so thankful for surviving the winter, that they invited their Indian neighbors for a feast. Dinner is usually a more creative description but usually includes cranberries, turkey, popcorn etc.

I can see many people shaking their heads in agreement. That's pretty much how most of us learned it in school, on tv, and the movies. Would it surprise you to learn that the Harvest Feast of 1621 is more fiction then fact?

Lets look at different perspectives and develop an inquiry model for further exploration.


Resources for Further Exploration: Thanksgiving From Many Perspectives

Native American Perspective
http://abcnews.go.com/US/Thanksgiving/story?id=91029 Interview with Liz Lodge (Director Plimoth Plantation)

Euro-American Perspective


Primary Resources



Native Resources (General)

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