By Randy Woodley | The Huffington Post
Published in November of 2012

SUMMARY: After listing five facts from the “first Thanksgiving,” professor and reverend Randy Woodley details the common myths of the holiday before explaining that, although many indigenous people do not celebrate Thanksgiving, those that do should build upon the good parts of the Thanksgiving myth while exposing the lies.

KEY QUOTE: “It is a time to share stories of both joy and pain and still be thankful for all life. Thanksgiving is a time for us all to share our mutual humanity. If we can use the Thanksgiving holiday as narrative for peace and friendship, then let’s build upon that part of the myth without ignoring the historical truth of the big picture.”


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More curated articles on Thanksgiving:

ARTICLE: Why I Decline This Opportunity for Thanksgiving

Navajo and author Mark Charles uses Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation as a backdrop for detailing the indigenous ethnic cleansing that was happening under the sixteenth president’s watch while declaring a day for “thanksgiving and praise.” Charles previously celebrated Thanksgiving (see The Myth of Thanksgiving and Racial Conciliation), but starting in 2018 he stopped after continuing to learn about the history of the holiday. This is a good article to understand why some people choose not to celebrate Thanksgiving.

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ARTICLE: Jesus Wants an Awkward Thanksgiving Dinner

A meal, particularly at Thanksgiving, is an excellent way to get to know your neighbors and/or co-workers. But to avoid the common traps of the “good giver” and the “poor receiver,” we must first practice true hospitality by putting in the time to develop relationships.

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