A Day in the Life: Happy Thanksgiving / Celebrating Genocide

first-thanksgivingAh, Thanksgiving.

Crunchy leaves and colors, slight chill in the air.

First Thanksgiving decorations of happy pilgrims and Indians sharing mounds of food and friendship…creating a wonderful history for a great nation.

Heartfelt prayers of gratitude over turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, butter beans, warm apple cider and sweet potato pie…stomach kept empty and ready for it all.

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Spirituality, family fun (and fights), making new memories for the photo album before all stumble from kitchen to living room to pass out like beached whales…bellies just as round.

Contented fatigue, pleasant conversation, crackling fire in the hearth…warm…cozy.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Not again.

Thanksgiving.

A chill in the air…just a touch of the terror your ancestors felt as they were poisoned and butchered by God-fearing Pilgrims.

Leaves the color of blood crunching beneath your feet like the bones of your ancestors strewn across the lands of this great nation.

A nation that once belonged to your forefathers, before it was wrenched away and re-fertilized with their blood and bones. A nation that now glorifies this massacre, and those who led it, rewriting genocide into a warm-fuzzy family fable.

A fable you must suffer through, year after year.

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Civilization

“I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.”

– Sun Bear (Chippewa Tribe)

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Photo: http://www.firstpeople.us/

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Tirawa

“In the beginning of all things, wisdom and knowledge were with the animals, for Tirawa, the One Above, did not speak directly to man. He sent certain animals to tell men that he showed himself through the beast, and that from them, and from the stars and the sun and moon should man learn… all things tell of Tirawa.”

 

– Eagle Chief (Letakos-Lesa), Pawnee

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Misconceived Americans

For a subject worked and reworked so often in novels, motion pictures, and television, American Indians remain probably the least understood and most misunderstood Americans of us all.”

- John F. Kennedy in the introduction to The American Heritage Book of Indians

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Native American Indian News Reel

Indian Country Today explores the Wampanoag side of the First Thanksgiving story of 1621. The Wampanoag and Pilgrims did not sit down for a big turkey dinner. It was an event which the Wampanoag neither knew about nor were invited to in advance.

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PBS History Detectives explores Ince’s Hollywood Indian Payroll: Who were “Two Lance and Wife” and “Luke Big Turnip and Wife?” And why did the New York Motion Picture Company pay them each week? How did these Native Americans earn their pay? Did Hollywood treat them fairly?

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In Indian Country Today, Rob Schmidt expounds upon the light & dark of the 20/20 special entitled “Children of the Plains,” in which correspondent Diane Sawyer visits South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation and makes less-than-revealing observations.

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Cherokee Morning Song

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Song: Cherokee Morning Song

Artist: Robbie Robertson

Country: Canada

Genre: Native American Music

 

Mood: Drums beat deeply into your soul as voices of angels lift you.

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World Music Monday

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Happy Thanksgiving: Celebrating Genocide

In honor of the first Americans who suffer each year through our autumnal celebrations of Christopher Columbus and Thanksgiving, my posts this week are dedicated to Native American Indian victims of Empire, and to the ancestors of these victims struggling to live within our revisionist history.

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My heart goes out to Native Americans on their National Day of Mourning.

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