Happy Thanksgiving


May the third Thursday in November forever be a special day to renew our vows to seek enlightenment and rid ourselves of fantasy.  The words of John Two-Hawks, an Oglala-Sioux native, could serve as our guide.

“It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful for your blessings.  It is not good to distort history, to falsely portray the origin of this holiday and lie about the truth of its actual inception.

“Thanksgiving’ did not begin as a great loving relationship between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people.  In fact, in October of 1621 when the ‘pilgrim’ survivors of their first winter in Turtle Island sat down to share the first unofficial ‘Thanksgiving’ meal, the Indians who were there were not even invited!  There was no turkey, squash, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie.  A few days before this alleged feast took place, a company of ‘pilgrims’ led by Miles Standish actively sought the head of a local Indian leader, and an 11 foot high wall was erected around the entire Plymouth settlement for the very purpose of keeping Indians out!  Officially, the holiday we know as ‘Thanksgiving’ actually came into existence in the year 1637.  Governor Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed this first official day of Thanksgiving and feasting to celebrate the return of the colony’s men who had arrived safely from what is now Mystic, Connecticut.  They had gone there to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children, and Mr. Winthrop decided to dedicate an official day of thanksgiving complete with a feast to ‘give thanks’ for their great ‘victory’….”
~John Two-Hawks

The photo takes you to the corroborating evidence for John Two-Hawk’s narrative.

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About Rev. El Mundo

Mocker of superstition and woo.
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2 Responses to Happy Thanksgiving

  1. revelmundo says:

    Indeed. All very good points.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

  2. SamStone says:

    What a great reminder that the storybook past is rarely what happened.

    If you do feast this Thursday, remember to give thanks to the great forces that made it all possible: The farmers, the truck drivers, the grocery store workers, and the cooks who prepared the meals. And while you are at it, why not Thor, who gave his name to this great day of week. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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