TV-G | YouTube | 5 min
Released in November of 2017
SUMMARY: Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Gay Head Moonanum James, former organizer of the annual National Day of Mourning and who died of cancer in 2020, explains why some Indigenous people do not celebrate Thanksgiving.
KEY QUOTES: “Plymouth, to me, is nothing more than a continuing mythology. We don’t see any reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. What the heck did they do for us?”
BONUS: To learn more about the National Day of Mourning, visit uaine.org.
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