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Easy Going September 14 Native Americans and Thanksgiving

 

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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:




04_tribal.jpgPlimoth 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 12_char_dinde.jpgWampanoag 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.

Thanksgiving

 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.

Connecticut

Find lots of fun information about Connecticut , New England. In the magazine, Avery tells you all about her state.

12crandall1.jpgThis 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!

 
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