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

DID YOU KNOW? We have a learning capsule about Thanksgiving with resources to help faithfully learn about the holiday.

More curated shows on Thanksgiving:

SHOW: The Invention of Thanksgiving

A short five minute, visually engaging video with National Museum of the American Indian curator Paul Chaat Smith discussing what Thanksgiving strives to be while briefly touching on the meal that took place in 1621. This video was part of the Americans exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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