A roundup of interesting bits on the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States:
- Terrific interview with Ramona Peters, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Officer about what really happened on the “first” Thanksgiving.
- Think Thanksgiving is all about pilgrims and turkey? Could have been salt pork and biscuits, as this post from the Smithsonian makes clear!
- How Thanksgiving went from its regional roots to a national holiday in the nineteenth century.
- Tired of only using the old Norman Rockwell Freedom from Want (the featured image) to illustrate the holiday? Try out Doris Lee’s painting Thanksgiving, from the Art Institute of Chicago. It’s a different style and set in a different time period from the Rockwell piece, which makes it good for comparisons.
- A modern adaptation of a Wampanoag recipe for Autumn Sobaheg. (We haven’t tested this, but it looks both easy and delicious.)
Bonus link: adaptable lesson plan (aimed at middle school level, but there’s no reason older kids won’t enjoy it).
In my house, we have the traditional turkey, but make the sides with a “twist” that reflects our mixed ethnic heritages (for example, cranberry chutney instead of sauce). How do you and your students celebrate the holiday?
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