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How Much Do Americans REALLY Know About Thanksgiving?

Shira Lazar | Posted 11.25.2015 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and you're probably about to eat a lot of food with your family and then fall asleep on the couch while watching football -- but do you really know what this holiday is all about?

Here’s The Crazy Story About Thanksgiving You’ve Never Heard

The Huffington Post | Nick Baumann | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

The Thanksgiving story you know probably goes a bit like this: English Pilgrims, seeking religious freedom, landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where ...

12 Baby Names Straight From The Mayflower

Nameberry | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.25.2015 | Parents

Most of the 102 passengers who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620 had names like John, William, Mary and Elizabeth, but there were some more unique na...

Most Students Have No Clue What Accurate Native American History Looks Like

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics

While schools take time off to celebrate Thanksgiving -- a holiday based on the supposed friendly relations between the Pilgrims and Mashpee Wampanoa...

Are We Really a 'Thanks Giving' Nation?

Amy Aves Challenger | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
Amy Aves Challenger

I wonder, this Thanksgiving if we draw out of our overfilled selves, soaring forward in time, and we peer back at this page in history -- do we observe a "thanks giving nation" or do we simply see treachery?

The Refugees Who Came for Thanksgiving

Irene Monroe | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Irene Monroe

As I prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of the autumnal harvest time's spiritual significance. As a time of connectedness, I pause to acknowledge what I have to be thankful for. But I also reflect on the holiday as a time of remembrance - present and historical.

A Word About Thanksgiving

Tim Giago | Posted 11.23.2015 | Media
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Tim Giago

In an all-Indian school, as I recall, we didn't elaborate by acting out the parts of Pilgrims and Indians. This was a tradition in the white school systems in America. I recall speaking to a lady of Kiowa descent who talked about the actions of her fellow students in a public school in Oklahoma. She said she was hurt and embarrassed to see the white children paint their faces and stick cardboard feathers in their hair while they danced and whooped like Hollywood Indians.

Pilgrims, The Wampanoag and the Syrians

Eric Elnes | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Eric Elnes

How many of us will notice the disconnect this Thanksgiving between the boldness and courage of the Wampanoag who aided the desperate pilgrims as they landed on America's shores and the 26 governors who recently vowed to turn away all Syrian refugees who seek passage to America?

Why Thanksgiving Is A 'National Day Of Mourning' For Some Americans

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics

When Cedric Cromwell sits down with his family for a meal on Thanksgiving each year, the day holds a unique kind of significance. Cromwell is the cha...

Meatless Monday: Thanksgiving With a French Accent

Ellen Kanner | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Think of those first Pilgrims as you plan and prep your own Thanksgiving feast, but don't forget the pilgrims among us now. Some traditions no longer serve us. We can rejoice without fowl.

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Thanksgiving Can Be a Road, Not Just a Day

Jill L. Ferguson | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Jill L. Ferguson

For a more time-intensive expression of gratitude try this: When was the last time you thought about someone who made an impact on your life? This person could have been your parent or grandparent, a teacher, a coach, a business mentor, or anyone.

The Crossing: An American Tradition

Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Catalina Sofia Dansberger Duque

An anthem for an immigrant nation where crossing borders and cultures out of necessity, in hopes of greater opportunities, are as American as apple pie (which, by the way, was brought by British and Dutch immigrants.)

The Extraordinary Sacred Sites Where People Have Seen Visions Of The Virgin Mary

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.08.2015 | Religion

Sightings of the Virgin Mary can happen in the unlikeliest places. Some people encounter her high in the mountains of the French Alps, while others fi...

This Argentine Family Of Six Is Driving From Buenos Aires To Philadelphia To See Pope Francis

The Associated Press | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 08.24.2015 | Religion

They packed their bags and embarked on a months-long adventure through the Americas in a Volkswagen van they dubbed Francisca. The final destination? ...

An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.18.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Beneath the Debate of the Washington 'Redskins' Name is an Underlying Truth: The Vast Majority of Americans Have a Limited -- and Often Mistaken -- Understanding of Native American History

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
National Museum of the American Indian

The controversy surrounding the Washington football team name is in some ways a bellwether. Americans do not know enough about our shared history even to be properly offended at the lack of an inclusive narrative that illuminates the history of this continent in all of its complexity.

Sacred Sanctuaries in the Fog of Death

Frank Browning | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

It's not every day that you find Christian pilgrim's shoes celebrated on Muslim prayer rugs - or Christians, Hassiduc and Muslim travelers gathered together to break bread.

More Than 1 Million Pilgrims Expected As Shroud Of Turin Goes On Display

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

The Shroud of Turin is back. Believers and skeptics alike have another chance to see the controversial Christian relic, which went on display in Tu...

Faithful Pilgrims Flock To Bethlehem For Christmas In The Holy Land

AP | DANIEL ESTRIN | Posted 02.23.2015 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Several thousand Christian pilgrims on Wednesday flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebration...

Chicago Travel Agent Cheated Muslim Pilgrims Over Hajj Trips, Feds Say

The Associated Press | Posted 12.19.2014 | Religion

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago travel agent is accused of cheating more than 50 Muslim pilgrims by selling them package trips to Mecca without the require...

Women Make All the Difference

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 02.07.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Early women settlers did much more than farm, sew and cook. Although many Americans believe that religious freedom has existed in this country since its early roots, that is not the case. And, we all know that not everyone had rights when they landed on America's shores.

Pilgrim Tech: The Hottest Tech Trends of 1620

Shelly Palmer | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

On August 15, 1620, the "Old Comers" set sail on two merchant ships: the Mayflower and the Speedwell. In honor of these fiercely committed individuals and the Thanksgiving they created for us, here is a short list of changing philosophies circa 1620.