This is the first in a elementary series about the United States holiday called "Thanksgiving". For many Native Americans this holiday is a "Day of Mourning". The history of the Plymouth colony and its relationship with the Wampanoag Native people began in an interesting manner where equality and justice did exist through a treaty that is historically the longest unbroken treaty with Native people in the United States. Although, what happened after the mythical "First Thanksgiving" is a tragedy, as more and more colonists arrived with the sole intent of financial profit from exporting resources. England pushed this venture forward in their pursuit of owning and controlling the "New World" before the French and the Spanish. This naturally lead to the extermination of the original people. This genocide or extermination continued throughout American history and across the United States. It is tragedy and injustice at it's utmost and far too many remnants of it exist today as was found in the 2012 United Nations investigation of the violation of Native American Human rights.
Through this series on Thanksgiving created by myself, a Native American and a friend who is a direct descendent of a Pilgrim family we have transmuted the tragedy using our personal relationship which evolved through many tears and intensely emotional moments of changing our ancestral anger and shame into a positive relationship enabling us to see a new world in a positive light with much potential. Through this series and through our website at http://www.manyhoops.com we hope to share our journey.