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Decolonizing Thanksgiving

 

It is that time of year again where the weather changes the air crisps and we start thinking of fall and winter holidays. This inevitably means thinking about Thanksgiving and the "traditional'' urge to tack some reference to pilgrims and native people on to the stories we tell our children about why we gather to celebrate. With that in mind we offer these books to assist students, parents, and educators in thinking critically about this holiday, and deconstructing what we have been taught about the history of this continent and the world.

 

Teaching children about Thanksgiving in this way means that we accept the ethical obligation to provide our children with accurate information and to reject traditions that sustain harmful stereotypes about indigenous peoples.


If you wnat to dive deeper we recomend checking out this post; Teaching Tolerance, “Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way,” by Amanda Morris (2015). It includes resources to “help [disrupt] the hegemonic Thanksgiving story,” as well as an explanation of how these depictions of Native people are harmful. 
And be sure to check out our books by
Indigenious authors lists under our currated collections page. 
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