Much harm has been done to generations of Indian people by perpetuating negative and harmful images in young minds. Presenting Thanksgiving to children as primarily a happy time trivializes our shared history and teaches a half-truth.
When you are observing Thanksgiving with your family or friends, take some time to remember the rich history of this very popular holiday, focusing on the blessings of the past year, as has always been the purpose of our Thanksgiving holiday.
When I was a child, the Thanksgiving story was presented as early Americans hosting a meal of gratitude that hosted Indians. As I grew and read, the circle expanded. And the expanding circles keep growing.
The Pilgrims, a band of Protestant outcasts, saw themselves as fulfilling this biblical story. In coming to the New World, they, too, had to cross a tumultuous sea, arrive in an untested wilderness and create a new "Promised Land."