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Thanksgiving & National Day of Mourning

Posted by Bonnie Limbird

While we spend Thanksgiving quite a bit differently this year, reflecting on what we’re thankful for, commiserating over the strange year, and probably mourning loved ones lost, it is a great time to step back, acknowledge the Native American stories about their history, share them with our children, and rethink what this annual holiday should be celebrating.

The fact is, it’s been 400 years since the Puritans arrived at Plymouth Rock and we’ve only listened to, and taught, their side of history for all that time.

So this year, in our house, we’re also recognizing the National Day of Mourning and the unjust treatment Native Americans have been subject to for all this time.

If you’re interested in reading more about this, here are some references I recommend:

Thanksgiving dinner background with turkey and all sides dishes, pumpkin pie, fall leaves, and seasonal autumnal decor on wooden background, top view, copy space reads “Thankful for family & friends”.

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