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The Real Thanksgiving Story and How People Celebrate the Day

Most white Americans celebrate Thanksgiving yearly with good food and other activities. This day is looked upon by Native Americans differently from how white Americans look at it. While there are some Native Americans who treat Thanksgiving as a day of giving thanks, others would rather look at it as a day of mourning and remembrance.

If you want to understand why this is so, then you should look back at what really happened on the first Thanksgiving day.

In school, children are taught that when the pilgrims arrived in American it was the Native Americans that taught them how to plant food and other items in order to survive. The first thanksgiving feast was in celebration of the abundant harvest that the pilgrims and Native Americans are thankful for.

This story, however, is not what actually happened. When most Native Americans had died of the plague, the pilgrims settled at Plymouth. Soon Squanto, a Native American who taught pilgrims many things, was captured and made into a slave. What the pilgrims did to the Native Americans over the next few centuries is that they made them into slave, killing, persecuting, and robbing them.

And so, for Native Americans, the first Thanksgiving makes them remember a violent past while the white Americans celebrate plentiful harvest on the day.

Over time, however, the holiday has changed. People still tell the story of the first Thanksgiving day but most celebrations today simply center on family, food, and gratitude. If you read on here, you will learn about the traditions and history of Thanksgiving.

And because of the way it is being celebrated today, there are many Native Americans who do celebrate this day. Thanksgiving for them gives them a chance to continue a heritage of helping people in need. Some others celebrate their people’s resilience and the fact that they have survived the oppression.

Schools today still teach the story of the first Thanksgiving but many anti-racist organizations are asking them to be more aware of the real history of the day. They encourage teachers to provide more accurate information about the culture of the native Americans.

This painful past can simply be ignored by white people. In your Thanksgiving celebration, it is good to give your family an idea of what really happened during the first Thanksgiving. The past still haunts most Native Americans.

While many Native Americans find Thanksgiving as an opportunity to remember their heritage and give thanks for life, others see it as a painful remembrance of a great period of suffering and oppression.

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