Today, we celebrate family and the blessings we've received throughout the year over a feast of our favorite foods! Thanksgiving started in the early 1600s and was primarily a harvest-related festival. Where people came and gave thanks to each other and the land. The Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving here in 1621 and invited the local Native American tribe, the Wampanoag, to their feast. Sadly, not too long after, several Indigenous people lost their lives. So, they do not view this holiday in the same light because it reminds them of the people, land, and culture they lost to the colonizers. Overall, today we must focus not only on the present but the actual past as well.
You know that just before the first Thanksgiving there was one wise old Native American woman saying, "Dont feed them. If you feed them, they'll never leave. —Dylan Brody