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I am particularly interested in hearing from Native American Mommas about what I should tell my kids about Thanksgiving. I had always planned never to read them books about it or anything, but I am finding that, in order to fully explain the whole "Thanksgiving phenomena," I have to have some sort of starting point. I carefully select books that make some effort to explain that this was not a huge Pilgrim/Indian lovefest, but even the best books seem lacking, imo. I think it's because they are all from a Pilgrim point of view.<br><br>
The best one I have read is 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, put out by National Geographic. It's not really on a good level for any of my kids, but I have taken a lot of ideas from it in discussing Thanksgiving with them.<br><br>
Basically I have told my kids that Pilgrims came to America and decided to make it their own, even though there were people already living here. I have said that the Pilgrims would not have survived without assistance from the local Wampanoag people. I have said that the Pilgrims did not really invite the Indians to a Thanksgiving feast, but that (acoording to 1621) the Indians came when they heard the Pilgrims shooting guns in celebration because the Indians thought the Pilgrims were preparing for war. I have explained that Thanksgiving was a harvest festival and not a party to thank the Indians or express feelings of friendship. I have told my kids that we "celebrate" Thanksgiving mainly because my sister gets time off work and is able to travel to our city, so we have a chance to spend time with family.<br><br>
What am I missing? Any good books you can recommend?<br><br>
Namaste!
 

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Theres supposed to be a good show on Discovery channel or maybe the History channel ( I can't remeber)on the what really happened when the pilgrims landed on the plymoth rock. We plan on showing that to the kids. Its amazing the way the teach it in schools. Like the indians gave a big party for the pilgrims!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I am not N/A, but have a small suggestion.<br><br>
You could teach them about being thankful. That it is a time for families and loved ones to come together to celebrate being together.<br><br>
ETA: I didn't mean to imply that you already don't teach your children to be thankful. Sorry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You might want to mention that the pilgrims stole food from the indigenous people and killed them.</div>
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I don't know about telling the children this yet. They are only 3 and 4 years old and since I don't know what kind of environment your (the OP's) older daughter came from, I probably wouldn't mention it to her this year, either.<br><br>
But, I do believe that when children get old enough to empathize, they should be informed of what happened when the pilgrims got to America and decided to colonize and how that has affected people even now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One of her children is 12 years old.</div>
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I know. But she's also from Ethiopia and if I remember correctly, hasn't been in the U.S. for very long. If she came from a tumultuous environment, I wouldn't mention the killing, yet. Eventually, but perhaps not this year.
 
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