The Thanksgiving Myth, Family History and Challenging Conversations

No time like an upcoming holiday to ask those hard questions. Whose land are we gathering on? What does this holiday mean? How can our families participate in reparations? Perhaps y/our family would watch a documentary together, read an article, study the Native Land App, have an intentional conversation or create a family action plan for racial justice. How can we create traditions of racial justice? It all starts with a conversation, no? 

November 26, 2020 is the National Day of Mourning

Since 1970, United American Indians of New England and our supporters have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US thanksgiving holiday. Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. Thanksgiving day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience. How to Support the National Day of Mourning if you can’t make it to Plymouth. They will be live streaming speeches. They also offer this short piece “Thanksgiving: Why Myths Matter” for your dinner table. 

This App Can Tell You the Indigenous History of the Land You Live On Enter your ZIP code into the Native Lands App and an interactive map will tell you the area’s original language and tribal ties.

Soul Fire Farm Reparations Map

The food system was built on the stolen land and stolen labor of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and people of color. Members of the Northeast Farmers of Color Network are claiming our sovereignty and calling for reparations of land and resources so that we can grow nourishing food and distribute it in our communities. The specific projects and resource needs of farmers of color are listed here. We are so excited about this powerful opportunity for people to people solidarity. It’s simple. If you have resources, contact the farmer directly to share.  More about Soul Fire Farm

Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and Memorial in Alabama.The Community Remembrance Project – EJI collaborates with communities to memorialize documented victims of racial violence and foster meaningful dialogue about race and justice.   

Do you know your family history?

  • Traces from the Trade -In the feature documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain powerful new perspectives on the black/white divide. Watch the Trailer and you can rent it for 2.99 on demand

Holiday Resources for White People

The Daily Show and David Campt, The White People Whisperer

Dr. David Campt created a White Ally Toolkit

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