We all know The First Thanksgiving didn’t happen exactly how it’s portrayed in popular imagination. The narrative about this holiday has been largely written and controlled by European settlers and their ancestors, and often didn’t include the perspective of Native people. We hope the resources below will help you introduce the true history of Thanksgiving, American Indians, and Pilgrims.
- A cool interactive, "You are the Historian" online activity from Plimoth Plantations, lets kids become history detectives and find out what really happened at the First Thanksgiving.
- Information about the longstanding tradition of festivals to give thanks in the Wampanoag Tribe that predated the first Pilgrim Thanksgiving (with discussion questions for grades 3-6)
Here are a couple of books you can read with your kids about Thanksgiving:
- Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message (all ages)
- 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving (for older kids)