On Thanksgiving –
Giving thanks is at the heart of all wisdom and spiritual traditions, and it’s good for our country to be reminded of this each November. The Thanksgiving holiday is problematic for many reasons, but let’s not let that cancel the central message and practice of gratitude. As the Haudenosaunee teach, words of thanks come before everything. Their Thanksgiving Address
, which they share with the world, is offered at the start and again at the conclusion of all gatherings all year long. It isn’t a holiday; it’s a way of life. Learn about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy
, and see this excellent study guide for educators
, provided by the National Museum of the American Indian.
This is the 400-year anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower and the events that are mythologized in the typical “Pilgrims and Indians” Thanksgiving story. Many writers very effectively debunk the Thanksgiving myths and call for de-colonizing our view of history. The myths have ongoing harmful consequences for Native Americans. Here are a few good resources: