Original post on @saic.maffairs 11/29/2020.
The story of the first Thanksgiving dinner is much different than the version of our history books. Look closer and you’ll see that a joyful harvest meal erases the genocide, colonization, and theft of land from the Indigenous and Native people to whom this is their homeland. The assumptions and stereotypes we construct through our Thanksgiving narrative continuously impact how we perceive and represent Indigenous stories (See Lesson: Stereotypes, Prejudice and Discrimination).
It’s up to us. We need to re-learn, rethink, rework, and revolutionize our Thanksgiving, and we can do so without rejecting the holiday! Our holiday traditions can be revolutionized to honor, and recognize history without perpetuating harm or oppression (See Lesson: Oppression). Food and our celebrations around meals can be some of the most sacred moments in our lives. Use this time to reflect and honor the traditional Indigenous and Native people who reside in this land past, present, and future.
“How does the whitewashing of Thanksgiving impact the first people of this land and our relationship to food? And how do we reclaim and rematriate the seeds of our ceremonial food ways?” — Zenobia Jeffries Warfield1