We spent the evening rethinking Thanksgiving.
For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a national day of mourning. We discussed with the students the importance of remembering this.
#Keepunumuk “The Time of Harvest” We celebrated #Friendsgiving We honored the #Wampanoag #PeopleOfTheFirstLight We ate Nasamp It was an honor to tell the story from Native perspective. Weeâchumun, the wise corn her sisters, Beans and Squash; and the woodland animals made the newcomers’ (Pilgrims’) first harvest and their survival possible. Check out Keepunumuk by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, Alexis Bunten, and Garry Meeches. #weeachumunsthanksgivingsstory
“Thanksgiving was one of the only times America’s first peoples were mentioned in school, but they were portrayed as sidekicks, to the real heroes, the pilgrims. We did not learn about how the Wampanoag peoples had already been decimated by disease introduced by European traders by the time of the first Thanksgiving, how they had been stolen and sold as slaves back in Europe, or how their graves were robbed of precious seeds to go with them to the afterlife by starving Pilgrims whose old world seeds would not grow in the new land. All of this was erased from the history books.”
We told the story from the Native American perspective. We cannot fix what happened to the Wampanoag, but we can share their story.
The students enjoyed making Nasamp with Miss Abbie. The recipe can be found here:
We invite you to continue your learning experience. Curriculum – Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story.
Keepunumuk is an important picture book that retells the Thanksgiving story for a more inclusive America, a story that honors the Native peoples who made it possible. Our copy of Keepunumuk was purchased by the Idaho Commission For Libraries. “Indigenous Idaho: Future, Past & Present” – Idaho Commission for Libraries Miss Abbie completed this training and was able to recieve numerous books for our Library.
Come in to the Donnelly Public Library and let us help you create a reading list that will help you see the Thanksgiving story from a different view.