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Re-Thinking Thanksgiving: The Complete Story of an American Holiday

Much of what people 'know' about Thanksgiving is actually a blend of fiction, myth and history that has become widely accepted as truth. But the events of what we call "the First Thanksgiving" are nothing like our traditions today. And the creation of the holiday has little to do with the feast that took place in 1621 between the English settlers at Plymouth that arrived on the Mayflower and the Wampanoag people.

This 3-part series was written by Perry Ground for the NYNPA NIE program. All rights reserved, 2011. Mr. Ground is a traditional storyteller, cultural educator, and the Project Coordinator at Native American Resource Center for the Rochester City School District.

Historically authetic reinactment photo courtesy of Plimoth Plantation, www.plimoth.org

Real Thanksgiving

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