The other day I got involved with hijacking a thread that T-Rexx made and again please accept my apology.
Today I was going through my Facebook pages and ran across this article by a Native Indian. This explains why the American Indians do not celebrate Thanksgiving and last year was my last Thanksgiving. I was right in that other thread when I quoted that the Pilgrims slaughtered weak men and women and children and enslaved the stronger men.
This is an account by Squanto a member of the tribe who was sold off to slavery in Spain. You need to read all the article to see the mass murdering of Native Indians.
So, here is a linked account of the first Thanksgiving.
Dennis W. Zotigh
Writer and Cultural Specialist, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
Do American Indians Celebrate Thanksgiving?
In thinking about my earliest memories of elementary school, I remember being asked to bring a brown paper sack to class so that it could be decorated and worn as part of the Indian costume used to celebrate Thanksgiving. I was also instructed to make a less-than-authentic headband with Indian designs and feathers to complete this outfit. Looking back, I now know this was wrong.
Squanto died in 1622, but Massasoit outlived the era of relative peace in colonial New England. On May 26, 1637, near the present-day Mystic River in Connecticut, while their warriors were away, an estimated 400 to 700 Pequot women, children and old men were massacred and burned by combined forces of the Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay and Saybrook (Connecticut) colonies and Narragansett and Mohegan allies. Colonial authorities found justification to kill most of the Pequot men and enslave the captured women and their children. Pequot slaves were sent to Bermuda and the West Indies. In 1975 the official number of Pequot people living in Connecticut was 21. Similar declines in Native population took place throughout New England as an estimated three hundred thousand Indians died by violence, and even more were displaced, in New England over the next few decades.