Women's & Gender Studies
Karl A. Ericson [bio]
Women's & Gender Studies Subject Resources
Day of Thanksgiving/Mourning
Tomorrow, many people in the U.S. will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, a sanitized version of a fictionalized account of an encounter between English settlers and the Wampanoag people already living on the land that was being "settled" that was the beginning of centuries of murder, abuse, and outright genocide. And while being thankful for what you have is good, celebrating it by dressing children up in construction-paper feathers and decorating with dried "maize" is a not-good, and in fact bad, way of doing it. Tomorrow in Plymouth, Massachusetts -- home of that first cross-cultural dinner party -- a National Day of Mourning, organized by the United American Indians of New England, will draw attention to historical and current attitudes, treatments, and issues facing Native Americans. Continue reading
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