My friend Paula Palmer has put together a list of resources that can help us navigate through some of these confounding “celebrations.”
Since 1970, Indigenous people & their allies have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth MA to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on the US Thanksgiving holiday. Many Native people do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims & other European settlers. Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the erasure of Native cultures. Participants in National Day of Mourning honor Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection, as well as a protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide.
52nd Annual National Day of Mourning, November 25, 2021, 12:00 Noon, Cole’s Hill, Plymouth, MA. Join us as we continue to create a true awareness of Native peoples and history. Help shatter the untrue image of the Pilgrims and the unjust system based on racism, settler colonialism, sexism, homophobia, and the profit-driven destruction of the Earth that they and other European settlers introduced to these shores.
And a video message (with transcript) from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
Dr. Siu’s book: (link for more info)