Thursday, December 6, 2018

The First Thanksgiving (short cartoon)

Uncivil History, Oct. 7, 2018; Xochitl, Crystal Q., Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

What Really Happened
This educational animation tells the in-depth story surrounding the first "Thanksgiving" or Native American potlatch Europeans attended. A bibliography follows.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: This video is meant to give an unbiased account of the events that unfolded in the years leading up to the first Thanksgiving and several years following that feast (roughly 1614-1622).

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the U.S.
Native American names may be mispronounced but with deep respect for the First Nations who have had their languages destroyed by European invaders.

To keep this video below seven minutes, many details were abbreviated. Only the essence remains for a well-rounded view and understanding of this very interesting event. For instance, we do not know what epidemic (called the Great Dying of 1616-1619) killed so many Native Americans, despite numerous theories.

Squanto died in 1622, never admitting any involvement in a plot to overthrow Massasoit. The events following 1622 could fill many more videos. But there is no political agenda here, only a history student's attempt to give an account that is as close as we have gotten to the truth so far.

For mind-blowing details, see the incredible work of indigenous historian Dr. Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States.

Mockery: US humor about "Indians" today
(Family Guy) Genius Stewie and dog Brian go to a universe where Native Americans had guns.

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