Happy Thanksgiving, I Guess?
This post may be a little... politically loaded.
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.
In the past three years, a lot of N.American holidays feel... loaded. I hesitate to really celebrate them at this point.
But even so, I'm looking forward to spending time with my family. My son has been begging to see his cousins, so it'll be good for him to play with them and reestablish some good connections.
Still, I urge you to read The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell is a Harmful Lie by Sean Sherman, a member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.
The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving by Michelle Tirado is also good.
And if you have any recommendations of informative reading on this loaded holiday from a native perspective, I'd love to read them. Books, articles, anything. It's a blind spot many N.Americans should nurture.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, there's nothing wrong with how most people see it - a way to come together as a family and enjoy each others' company. For some, this may be blood family, for others this may be found family. All are legitimate.
But please do consider the Native Americans who have been displaced, abused, killed, and more to make this happen.
And also consider them next year when you vote.