According to a single-paragraph account in the writings of one Pilgrim, a harvest feast did take place in Plymouth in 1621, probably in mid-October, but the Indians who attended were not even invited. Though it later became known as “Thanksgiving,” the Pilgrims never called it that. And amidst the imagery of a picnic of interracial harmony is some of the most terrifying bloodshed in New World history.
The Pilgrim crop had failed miserably that year, but the agricultural expertise of the Indians had produced twenty acres of corn, without which the Pilgrims would have surely perished. The Indians often brought food to the Pilgrims, who came from England ridiculously unprepared to survive and hence relied almost exclusively on handouts from the overly generous Indians-thus making the Pilgrims the western hemisphere’s first class of welfare recipients.
The Pilgrims invited the Indian sachem Massasoit to their feast, and it was Massasoit, engaging in the tribal tradition of equal sharing, who then invited ninety or more of his Indian brothers and sisters-to the annoyance of the 50 or so ungrateful Europeans. No turkey, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie was served; they likely ate duck or geese and the venison from the 5 deer brought by Massasoit. In fact, most, if notall, of the food was most likely brought and prepared by the Indians, whose 10,000-year familiarity with the cuisine of the region had kept the whites alive up to that point.
it is thanksgiving, and i am in school.
You should be happy that you will still get the M’s Thanksgiving dinner in December, and you do not have to get up at 3:00AM to get in line at Best Buy, since this year they start handing out merchandise coupons at 4:00AM, to buy electronics because they are so cheap, and you do ont even need them!
I see that you crossed over to the main site! I am used to seeing you at TR site, welcome!
hahaha. oh i am happy that i will be getting thanksgiving in december. switzerland just annoys me. hahah 😛
Dude, I got will have had 3 THREE! Thanksgivings by the end of 2006…I am so great, no, wait, acutally Monica is 😀
Thanks for the welcome… Also, hey Deniz, don’t feel bad about being in school. My Thanksgiving dinner was comprised of instant noodles and a long talk with good ole’ Jack… To each his own though, Happy Thanksgiving to all…
Jack is a good friend. He keeps me warm on warm and cold nights…
Also, don’t feel too bad for her, I get the feeling her blog may explain more on Monday