How can we give thanks while honoring the historic significance of Thanksgiving?
On Thursday, families across the country will gather to give thanks, but many Native Americans will commemorate a National Day of Mourning. The United American Indians of New England say “it is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression Native Americans continue to experience.” What can we learn from Native Americans about gratitude and the legacy of Thanksgiving?
Hartman Deetz, member of the Wampanoag Tribe
Rulan Tangen, artistic director of choreographer of Dancing Earth
Kenny Ramos, performing artist with Dancing Earth
Dancing Earth: 500 Years of Resistance at the Brava Theater, December 1
Indian Country: The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving Story
United American Indians of New England: National Day of Mourning