Category Archives: Winona LaDuke

November 21, 2008, 1:32 pm

Radical Thanksgiving: Do Something for Someone Else

It’s always hard to know how to celebrate Thanksgiving, particularly if traditional romances about the family don’t really speak to you (a frequent problem for queer people.) It’s even more complicated if you are also a Radical historian who is well aware that the first Thanksgiving in 1621, treasured in our national culture, was more or less the beginning of the end for the Wampanoags who were the primary native participants in the event. Already beginning to suffer from European diseases in 1621, by 1676 and the end of Metacom’s war, the Wampanoags were scattered, exiled, dead, sold into slavery or had melted into the general population to try to protect themselves. Contemporary groups of Wampanoags have reconstituted themselves and regained small amounts of tribal land, most prominently in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

So Happy Thanksgiving! How shall we celebrate?

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