Happy Thanksgiving

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  November 26, 2009 — 20 Comments

Whether this is a day of thanksgiving or mourning (or even “unthanksgiving”) for you and yours, may you find contentment, happiness, and peace. The Wild Hunt will be taking the rest of the day off to cook and spend time with loved ones. I’d like to give thanks to everyone who reads, comments, and supports this blog. All of you give me something to be thankful for.

Regular posting will resume tomorrow.

Jason Pitzl-Waters

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  • Hathor

    I don't think Thanksgiving was or is being used to denigrate Native peoples. Wasn't the whole point of the celebration a Thanksgiving for being alive after a supremely hard winter, a winter the pilgrims would never have survived without Native help? People came together in friendship and recognized each other's humanity, what is so bad about that?
    Even though history did not go well for Native Americans after people forgot that important lesson, we are trying to rectify those mistakes even now.

    • It's never been about "denigrating" the Native peoples, but about white-washing the history into something that you wouldn't be embarrassed to tell your children.

  • Hathor

    I guess I don't agree with some modern tribes' interpretation of the holiday, heck as a kid I used to think it was more boring than anything else. More importantly as an inclusive humanitarian woman I don't like to be immediately labeled "The Enemy" just because I happen to be white.

    • "White Guilt" is still the New Black, and Inherited Karmic Debt is still a popular accessory.

      • *grin*

        Do I believe in Inherited Karmic Debt?

        Nope. Not a part of my mythos or culture and I don't feel (mis)appropriating that concept anytime soon.

    • More importantly as an inclusive humanitarian woman I don't like to be immediately labeled "The Enemy" just because I happen to be white.

      If you really think that's what's happening, then maybe you should re-think your position?

      • Hathor

        I'm not going to go against my core ethical principles just because people are acting like… well people.

        It doesn't matter to which race/ethnicity anyone belongs to, racism is an equal opportunity offender.

      • Hathor

        And just why exactly are you so keen to pick a fight with me?

        • Just why, exactly, are you so keen to interpret an attack? :-/

  • Jake

    Hearkening back to the Pilgrims and Indians appears to be recent. Since Washington, the holiday seems to have been about giving thanks to God and acknowledging his providence than about the spirit or rememberence of the Plymouth thanksgiving feast. In other words, I think there was a recognized difference between a thanksgiving in Plymouth and the Thanksgiving as a holiday proclaimed by early presidents.