The Untold Story of Thanksgiving
Although there was a dinner in 1621 Between Pilgrims and Two Native American translators, that’s not where the word Thanksgiving came from nor is it what Thanksgiving originally celebrated. In 2008 and 2009 you may have noticed how the media had turned that Thanksgiving into a “give thanks to the troops” or our heroes day, complete with a rolling statue of liberty and giant balloon uncle Sam’s at the Macy’s parade. That unapologetic nationalism and war support is actually much closer to the original Thanksgiving holiday than the revised mythology of brotherly love, peace, and sharing. We’ll see if they do that again this year. Thanksgiving has changed several times and the rituals we celebrate today were all added in at different times. Also to make things confusing the Native Americans really did have several festivals a year that happen to correlate with different harvest days. The first “real” Thanksgiving that even remotely resembles the mythology between Europeans and Natives was done in the Summer in 1585 on Croatoan Island in what’s now North Carolina, and now called Hatteras Island. However the claims about the Thanksgiving feast of today came way after this event had been long forgotten and in another area. The original Thanksgiving was once a set of holidays for the British colony of Massachusetts. They were to celebrating three different massacres of Native Americans. The Mystic River massacre had 700 Natives murdered, where long houses were set on fire and those fleeing the flames were ran through with swords. The colonists gave Thanks to the Christian God for their victories. Later these events were morphed to one day, and it became a state holiday. When the British Colonies became the United states, it remained a state holiday although it was scarcely celebrated and nearly forgotten. Eventually it became a National holiday through a decree by Lincoln during the Civil War, and this is where the fairy tale stories of brotherly love come from. At last, Roosevelt changed the date of the holiday for commercial interests and that is what the date still is today. Unofficially the day after Thanksgiving has become a national buy-things on sale for xmas day. Still the prevailing story is about the famous dinner, and the Mystic River Massacres have long saince been swept under the rug. History can be colored in such a great degree that it simply becomes false. Everyone in the US and Canada has heard the official story of Thanksgiving. You hear about it in grade school. It’s a nice tale of racial harmony and happy co-existing cultures sharing food in a feast and giving thanks, apparently without contradictions to pantheist concepts and monotheistic myths from sun worship perverted to a self sacrificing sadomasochistic god of ego demanding worship and issuing out eternal punishment for nonbelievers and who thought it was necessary to have a son (or become a his own son) and torture and kill it as a sacrifice to himself in order to be able to save everyone from his own wrath so long as they believe in his masochistic tantrum. Also known as Christianity. The American colonies, many of which existed long before the more famous Jamestown in Virginia or the Plymouth Rock colony in Massachusetts, were pirate colonies. Sir Walter Raleigh of the ” Roanoke” colony was a notorious privateer. In fact, if there ever was a Thanksgiving that even remotely fit the mystical tale it would be the meeting on Croatoan which thanks to a famous fictional play by ultra racist Paul Green, became known as the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke. That’s an Island of North Carolina not to be confused with an area of Virginia by the same name.) However the “Lost colony” was never lost. And only a small portion of it was ever on Roanoke Island. The Colonists lived on present day Hatteras Island for years before ever going to Roanoke, and when a portion of them left Roanoke, they didn’t just go to Hatteras/(Croatoan), they went back to Hatteras. And they literally spelled this out on a tree. It didn’t become missing until 1937 when Paul Green’s play created the myth out of thin air. He also wrote plays. “Common Glory” and “The Founders” which were about the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers, which were equally mixed with fact and fiction. They used to play in the old King’s theater in Williamsburg VA. Perhaps because those events were much later than the 1584 expeditions and because so much had already been written about both, the last two plays didn’t have as much of a poisoning effect to Actual history as did the “Lost Colony.” Apparently Paul Green didn’t like the idea of White inter racial marriages with “savages” nor would his 1930s audience so he just made it a huge “mystery” as to what happened. This mythology as history is only now slowly being reversed. But there are other myths about Natives that are taught in dumb down public school systems. For example, few people outside of small school children, still believe in the Pocahontas mythology any more than they believe other American folklore like John Henry and Johny Apple Seed, but nothing quite has the spin put on it like the Thanksgiving story from Massachusetts. This merry little feast didn’t happen. It did not happen in Massachusetts or Virginia. In the North the English enslaved the Petuxet Indians and sent a ship full of their slaves to England in 1614 six years before the Mayflower came with colonists people are familiar with. Plymouth was the third colony by the English in the New World, the first being a ” failure ” in what is now North Carolina, in 1584, and second was the oldest successful colony, Jamestown in what is now Virginia established 1607. The Plymouth colony was not the first English speaking colony to visit what is now Massachusetts. The Plymouth colony was just the first English speaking people to permanently squat there. Massachusetts is a Native American word which means “at or about the great hill.” When the English were capturing slaves in the new world, they left behind smallpox which decimated Native populations (sometimes as much as 90%!!). The Natives had a lack of resistances to Old World diseases which evolved slowly in the Old World developing with the 13 different domesticated herd animals (which did not exist in the New World including horses, the Spanish brought those there) along side their populations. Note that before vaccinations one of the first observations made in the fight against Small Pox was that milkmaids who contracted cow-pox were not getting Small Pox. Cows were also not native to the Americas. The old Patuxet area had been nearly abandoned because of Small Pox. One survivor who had also been an English slave from a young age (and may have contracted cow-pox) was the famous man named Squanto, who could speak English. In the history books this is painted as some great chance miracle, because they don’t want people to know about the previous voyages, how they had been enslaving American Indians and purposely spreading diseases. Here is what happened at the so called dinner that Thanksgiving now tries to associate itself with. Keep in mind that this is not what Thanksgiving originally celebrated. This dinner wasn’t attached to the holiday until much later. The belligerent colonists in the north were fanatically religious, and outstandingly prejudice. They were starving to death after walling themselves up to protect themselves from backlash to their unchecked provocations. Ending trade, they were forced to negotiate. Colonists were particularly aware of their hunger as they would have been celebrating the English Harvest days had they been at home. They invited a Native man named Massasoit to dinner, or more accurately allowed him to come into the settlement because his band had bagged 5 deer. The colony was heavily inebriated as was necessary both for the calories and control. Massasoit honored his band’s fortune with the tradition of sharing and invited 100s of Natives to the feast who also brought food. The Europeans were not amused but hunger took precedence. They actually blamed the Indians for hording food. It was not long before they were murdering the Indians again. All in the good lords name of course. So they didn’t share food, the colonist accepted food from the Natives, what they shared was alcohol. In the 1630s just a dozen winters or so from the arrival of the Mayflower and only a few years after the arrival of Christian Zealots known as Puritans, the real mass butchering began. In 1637 Europeans forces cornered 700 Natives mostly women and children at the mouth of the Mystic river. They shot and beat to death the men and burned everyone else in longhouse fires. It was this Mystic River massacre along with 2 other large massacres that had Richard Bellingham the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declare it a Thanksgiving. Much later, it was George Washington who finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Of course they didn’t label them as massacres, they saw them as god assisted triumphs. In 1863 Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving Day to a legal national holiday. Linco