In this issue we look at Native Americans in the U.S.A. today, but also in history, at the First Thanksgiving.
November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The first
American Indian Day was celebrated in 1916 after Red Fox James, a
Blackfeet Indian, rode his horse to 24 states to get the support of the
state governments. You can see him above left.
See some beautiful Native American art from the past and present, specifically the tribes from the great central Plains . And on the National Museum of the American Indian site, you can see maps of the different regions of Native American culture in the U.S.A., and some beautiful art and traditional clothes from each culture.
Speaking My Language
The Wampanoag were the tribe who helped the European colonists who arrived in Massachusetts in 1620 and who are at the origin of the modern day U.S.A. The Wampanoags' language disappeared over a hundred years ago, because the government forced the native people to speak English. But now the Wampanoag are recreating their language:
Plimoth Plantation is a “living history” museum where visitors discover what life was like for the European colonists in 1620, and also for the Native Americans who lived in New England. There is a Wampanoag village and a 17th century English village. The native people who work in the Wampanoag village tell visitors about their culture and history, in the past and today. You can find some information here.
This site has lots of
pictures and information about the first Thanksgiving in the U.S.A., in
1621, when the colonists invited the Wampanoag to a big meal to thank them for teaching them to grow food
and survive in the new country. Take a virtual visit of The Mayflower,
the ship the Pilgrims arrived on. Learn about daily life for the
Wampanoag and the Pilgrims, and about the Thanksgiving meal or feast.
And follow the Thanksgiving timeline.
Find lots of fun information about Connecticut , New England. In the magazine, Avery tells you all about her state.
This is a
great story of how some school students made a real difference . The
students from Ellen P. Hubbard School in Bristol, Connecticut, were
shocked that the state Capitol building had a statue of the state hero
but not one of the state heroine, Prudence Crandall, who opposed racist
legislation and educated African-American girls. The students collected
$3000 in donations and now there is a statue of Crandall and one of her
students in the Capitol!