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THANKSGIVING.. A DAY OF MOURNING FOR SOME

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Real Estate Sales Representative with BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE

Its Thanksgiving Day here in Canada... Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada, the United States, some of the Caribbean islands, and Liberia.  But not all Americans celebrate Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is some Native Americans' "Day of Mourning."  To them it is a reminder of the theft of their land, the relentless assault on their culture and the genocide of millions of their people.

 

In most schools in the U.S. it is taught the Pilgrims of the Plymouth Colony invited local Indians to celebrate at a harvest feast after suriving their first bitter winter in New England.  History has shown Thanksgiving is a story of the murder of Indigenous people and the theft of their land. 

By the time the Mayflower landed in mid-winder on the North American Coast, the original native people of this stretch of shoreline had already been killed off in 1614 when a British expedition landed there. When they sailed back home to England,  they took 24 Indians as slaves, leaving smallpox in their wake.  This plague wiped out betwwen 90-96% of the inhabitants in three years, destroying most villages completely. 

When the Pilgrims arrived in 1620 they came very unprepared for the winter weather and many died.  Pilgrims dug up graves for dishes and pots, stole their crops, robbed their storage huts of food,  and took many natives prisoners.  They found only one living Patuxet Indian, a man named Squanto who had survived his slavery in England. Squanto taught them how to grown corn, hunt, how to fish and taught them survival techniques. 

Not only did Squanto escape from slavery, but was also one of the only survivors of his tribe.. the rest had been wiped out from European Smallpox plagues.  Squanto was able to put aside his feelings with the people who had enslaved him and killed the rest of his tribe, and helped the colonist to become self-sufficient.

He also negotiated a peace treaty between the Wampanoag Nation and the Pilgrims.  In 1621 the chief of the Wampanoags, Massasoit, signed a "friendship treaty" giving the  English permission to occupy 12,000 acres of land.

Thus, the myth of Thanksgiving was born.  The colonists invited the chief of the Wampanoag tribe, Massasoit, to their first feast as a celebration of their land deal.   The chief then invited 90 of his men, which the colonists did not welcome openly. 

The English invited several tribes to a feast 2 years later symbolizing eternal friendship.  The Colonists offered food and drink and 200 hundred Indians dropped dead from an unknown poison.

Happy Thankgiving... for some.

 

I have three grandchildren who I have had custody of, and who have lived with me since early 2006.  They are First Nations, and have their registered Indian Status cards... so their history is very important to me.. and the history of the Indigenous peoples should be remembered, and important to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Gloria,

Thank you for the heads up.  I had no idea that your Thanksgiving is here.  Wishing you a wonderful celebration.  A

Oct 09, 2017 09:08 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Thank you so much Ron and Alexandra Seigel .  I felt compelled to share a little history .. as many don't know how it all began.  It is  importnat to me as I have three First Nations grandchildren who live with me... and their history is very important to me.. and the history of many Indigineous people and what they endured should never be forgotten.

Oct 09, 2017 09:12 AM
Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent
BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE - Mississauga, ON
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Ron, it is something we should never forget...

Oct 09, 2017 09:21 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
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Good morning Gloria. I certainly understand this. For me it is really hard because I lost my Mom on that day.

Oct 10, 2017 07:06 AM