The Real Thanksgiving???

A friend of mine posted this last year. I found it very interesting.

The Thanksgiving Myth

Written by John Two-Hawks

Let me begin by stating that thousands of years before the ‘official’ Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1637, North American Indigenous people across the continent had celebrated seasons of Thanksgiving. ‘Thanksgiving’ is a very ancient concept to American Indian nations. The big problem with the American Thanksgiving holiday is its false association with American Indian people. The infamous ‘Indians and pilgrims’ myth. It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful for your blessings. It is not good to distort history, to falsely portray the origin of this holiday and lie about the truth of its actual inception.
Here are some accurate historical facts about the true origin of this American holiday that may interest you.

‘Thanksgiving’ did not begin as a great loving relationship between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people. In fact, in October of 1621 when the ‘pilgrim’ survivors of their first winter in Turtle Island sat down to share the first unofficial ‘Thanksgiving’ meal, the Indians who were there were not even invited! There was no turkey, squash, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. A few days before this alleged feast took place, a company of ‘pilgrims’ led by Miles Standish actively sought the head of a local Indian leader, and an 11 foot high wall was erected around the entire Plymouth settlement for the very purpose of keeping Indians out! Officially, the holiday we know as ‘Thanksgiving’ actually came into existence in the year 1637. Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed this first official day of Thanksgiving and feasting to celebrate the return of the colony’s men who had arrived safely from what is now Mystic, Connecticut. They had gone there to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children, and Mr. Winthrop decided to dedicate an official day of thanksgiving complete with a feast to ‘give thanks’ for their great ‘victory’….

As hard as it may be to conceive, this is the actual origin of our current Thanksgiving Day holiday. Many American Indian people these days do not observe this holiday, for obvious reasons. I see nothing wrong with gathering with family to give thanks to our Creator for our blessings and sharing a meal. I do, however, hope that Americans as a whole will one day acknowledge the true origin of this holiday, and remember the pain, loss, and agony of the Indigenous people who suffered at the hands of the so-called ‘pilgrims’. It is my hope that children’s plays about ‘the first Thanksgiving’, complete with Indians and pilgrims chumming at the dinner table, will someday be a thing of the past. Why perpetuate a lie? Let us face the truths of the past, and give thanks that we are learning to love one another for the rich human diversity we share.


5 Responses to “The Real Thanksgiving???”

  1. Jason,

    You are right about history being distorted. How we like to white wash our past and try to make it something better than what it really was. However, this notion of “white man kill-red man” or “white man hate red man” is false as well. The fact is the very first “meeting” was a big misunderstanding. You I am sure know of the event I am speaking of, when the settlers found some food and ate it not know the owners were close by. You do have to cut them a break they just came over in a small vessel for months and I am sure were starting to get slightly hungry.

    Come on buddy on Thanksgiving no less, liberals can’t just give thanks you have to try to drum up some drama about how bad white people are and how they stole land. The Indians being the innocent child doing nothing but standing by while the settlers slaughtered them. Like I said before the white washed history is stupid but so is the other extreme you portray here. Did you ever think that wall went up because the settlers were actually “SCARED” and not racist? Please just shut up and be thankful someones ancestors did a brave thing and ventured out and started a new way of life for their posterity (you being included).

    Happy Turkey Day Buddy!

    PS My ancestor was the Mayor of Plymouth at one time….interesting huh?

  2. i got to say this is true what you say i thought no one knew what really happen. i truly want to say thanks alot

  3. i got to say this is true what you say i thought no one knew what really happen. i truly want to say thanks

  4. i got to say this is true what you say i thought no one knew what really happen. i truly want to say thanks. may god bless you

  5. you are so awsome history is weird but cool

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