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25 November 2009

Thanksgiving - the real story

The history of our Thanksgiving holiday is a complicated one. Not all Americans celebrate it as a day of thanks. And if your school was like mine was when I was a kid, only a portion of the history surrounding the holiday was shared.

But despite the consequences that came about because Native people helped our ancestors survive their first years on American soil - there was, for a moment, true peace and good will.

As we give thanks for the things we value in our lives tomorrow, it's important to try to understand the nuances and history of this holiday. The National Museum of the American Indian has created some teaching materials to do just that - "Harvest Ceremony: Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth."

Thanks to School Library Journal for the link.

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