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Your Call: Native Americans discuss the true history of Thanksgiving



How can we give thanks while honoring the historic significance of Thanksgiving?

On Thursday, families across the country will gather to give thanks, but many Native Americans will commemorate a National Day of Mourning. The United American Indians of New England say “it is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression Native Americans continue to experience.” What can we learn from Native Americans about gratitude and the legacy of Thanksgiving?


Hartman Deetz, member of the Wampanoag Tribe

Rulan Tangen, artistic director of choreographer of Dancing Earth

Kenny Ramos, performing artist with Dancing Earth

Web Resources:

Dancing Earth: 500 Years of Resistance at the Brava Theater, December 1

Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering Thanksgiving 2017

Indian Country: The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving Story

Salon: Thanksgiving, a day of mourning for Native Americans

United American Indians of New England: National Day of Mourning

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.