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Why We Celebrate Thanksgiving Every Year?

No Thanks


There is an enormous amount of misinformation about the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday as we celebrate it today — including when, how and why it became a tradition in the United States. Here’s the real story, which I originally published last year.

What Americans think they know about the history of Thanksgiving doesn’t always square with the truth.

Narive AmericansFor example, it is generally believed that in 1621, the Pilgrims invited Wampanoag Indians to a feast in Plymouth Colony to celebrate their first harvest, and a good time, with turkey and pumpkin pie, was had by all. Well, maybe, and maybe not.

Thanks for giving us what Thanksgiving: A Native American View

 The pilgrims are glorified and mythologized because the circumstances of the first English-speaking colony in Jamestown were frankly too ugly (for example, they turned to cannibalism to survive) to hold up as an effective national myth. The pilgrims did not find an empty land any more than Columbus “discovered” anything. Every inch of this land is Indian land. The pilgrims (who did not even call themselves pilgrims) did not come here seeking religious freedom; they already had that in Holland. They came here as part of a commercial venture. One of the very first things they did when they arrived on Cape Cod — before they even made it to Plymouth — was to rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal as much of the Indians’ winter provisions of corn and beans as they were able to carry. They were no better than any other group of Europeans when it came to their treatment of the Indigenous peoples here.

In 1614, a band of English explorers landed in the vicinity of Massachusetts Bay. When they returned home to England, they took with them Native slaves they had captured, and left smallpox behind. By the time the Puritan pilgrims sailed the Mayflower into southern Massachusetts Bay, entire nations of New England Natives were already extinct or greatly disseminated due to disease.

Frank B JamesNational Day of Mourning

Today, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Native Americans will gather to mark a “National Day of Mourning,” as they have for more than 40 years. The protests began in 1970 by Wamsutta Frank James and are carried on by his son, Moonaum James.

National Day of Mourningjpg46th National Day of Mourning: November 26, 2015
12:00 noon
Coles Hill Plymouth, MA


Pow Wows:Indigenous Peoples Celebration | October 10 – 12, 201

Pow Wow 2015


 Harlem River Field, Randall’s Island, New York City

Saturday & Sunday 11am – 7pm
-Grand entry of dancers at 1pm and 4pm
Monday 7am-2pm


  • $12 Adults & Teens(plus fees if purchasing  online)
  • $8 Children 6-12 years old
  • $10 Seniors 65+ and Students (Plus fees if  purchasing online),
  • Free for Children 5 years old and under
  • $35 Family Four-Pack (must purchase online)
  • Monday, October 12 is FREE and open to the public!

Tickets can be purchased at ipdnyc2015.eventbrite.com


The event is looking for funds to bring in various artists and performers from across the hemisphere. They will be sharing their cultures, stories, and traditions throughout the day. Help us redefine this day into a positive and powerful day in celebration of the survival and resistance of 500 years of oppression and colonization. Donate at: http://www.gofundme.com/x5p8n3b


By Car:

20 Randall’s Island Park
New York, NY 10035

By Train: 4,5,6 Trains to E. 125 and Lexington> M35 towards Wards Island> EXIT Main Rdy/Icahn Stadium (5 stops)

By Bike/Walking: The 103rd Street Footbridge is accessible at the East River Esplanade at 103rd Street and FDR Drive. Take the 4/6 train to 103rd Street or the M15 bus to either 100th or 102nd Street. Walk east along 102nd Street to FDR Drive. Then, walk one block north directly onto the crossover leading into the Footbridge. Alternatively, take the M106 across town to FDR Drive and walk three blocks south. On Randall’s Island, the Footbridge is accessible at the southwest corner of the Island.

Pedestrian walkways on all three spans of the RFK Triborough Bridge connect the Park to Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens.

Manhattan: 125th Street and 2nd Avenue to just behind the Golf Center
Bronx: Cypress Avenue and Bruckner Boulevard to the Bronx Shore Fields
Queens: Hoyt Avenue and 28th Street, adjacent to the Astoria Boulevard N/Q station, to mid-Island, adjacent to the Central Fields

Visit https://randallsisland.org/visit/getting-to-randalls-island for more information!