BANGOR — Thanksgiving has been celebrated for centuries. In 1621, Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoags shared an autumn harvest fest that is commonly referred to as the first thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving is complicated for indigenous people, so I am speaking for myself, I certainly don’t assume to represent the experience or thoughts from every person,” said Mulian Dana, tribal ambassador for Penobscot Nation.
She says the modern depiction of thanksgiving can sometimes inaccurately depict the experiences of indigenous people.
“There was a meal, but there was a lot of aftermath, taking from the people. Taking land. Form a lot of people this is a day of mourning, a lot of taking, from the truth,” said Dana.
Chris Newell, a local author, says he wants to be sure history is portrayed accurately. That’s the goal in his new book “If you lived during the Plymouth thanksgiving.”
“Overall we have this narrative that has been told about the formation of America, and a lot of these stories that get told aren’t exactly the whole truth, thanksgiving certainly gets fit into the narrative,” said Chris Newell, Co-founder of Akomawt Educational Initiative.
For this local author, the book was about more than just the history of the holiday.
“My primary goal was to a resource that wampanog people would be willing to recommend others to talk about others to talk about the creation of this holiday to open up the door to their living voices.”
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