Wednesday, November 05, 2008

American Indian Perspectives on Thanksgiving

"Each November educators across the country teach their students about the First Thanksgiving, a quintessentially American holiday. They try to give students an accurate picture of what happened in Plymouth in 1621 and explain how that event fits into American history. Unfortunately, many teaching materials give an incomplete, if not inaccurate, portrayal of the first Thanksgiving, particularly of the event’s Native American participants."

This quote is from the poster I received in the mail today from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. If you're teaching or celebrating Thanksgiving with kids this year you will love the resources here.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Thanks so much, Cloudscome! I am part Cherokee and typically cringe each time November rolls around. Thankfully, the Tongginator's teachers this year decided to dress the children up as turkeys instead of pilgrims or first americans.

Anonymous said...

Good call, it is important to know what Thanksgiving is really celebrating. Glad to know about the Smithsonian resources.