The Indigenous Stories Glossed Over In The Typical ‘First Thanksgiving’ Story

The Indigenous Stories Glossed Over In The Typical ‘First Thanksgiving’ Story
The Indigenous Stories Glossed Over In The Typical ‘First Thanksgiving’ Story

The Indigenous Stories Glossed Over In The Typical ‘First Thanksgiving’ Story

The commonly-told version of the first Thanksgiving story leaves out a lot: The indigenous Wampanoag people who lived in a complex society long before the Mayflower arrived at Plymouth Rock; Squanto escaping bondage in Spain before becoming an emissary to the Pilgrims; and the long legacy of violent displacement that followed.

Paula Peters, a writer and a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, still lives near where the Pilgrims made landfall on her ancestral homeland. She talks about how the 1621 feast fits into history.

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