Does our Thanksgiving Myth whitewashing the history of the Puritan’s Nemasket Raid and Pequot Tribe Massacres in 1621 and 1637? Does our Plymouth Propaganda exemplify apartheid america’s whitewashed native-american history and propaganda?
Thanksgiving is known for it’s warm family gatherings, the gridiron mash-ups of football games, pumpkin pie, and deceptively simple views on america’s history and the complex and troubled relationships with america’s native peoples.
We all know the 2-century-old story of the poor pilgrims who were persecuted in Europe immigrating to america, and barely eking it out w’ the help of our “Indian” friends. Thanksgiving has it’s root in deeply religious tradition, in deep reverence and awe of the Christian god, but it is largely a secular happening now.
Digging deeper reveals interlocking tales of massacres, coups, treaties, politics, and religious fundamentalism as the framework of what could be called the secret history behind our thanksgiving myths.