Well it's been a busy week my friends! The highlight certainly for me was attending the Bernie Sanders rally in Atlanta this Monday! Seeing a diverse crowd of people coming together for justice is always a thrill! In the system we are currently entrenched in and have been for way too long we seldom find someone with the people's interests in mind. With the world teetering on the brink of ecological and social disaster like never before we need strong souls who will be able to back up their words with honorable actions. The USA is a nation built on broken promises and many untruths. Sadly as we celebrate a day of feasting we must also remember the history of this day
Here is one account in my words and the source article:
In 1621 a truce between the Wanpanoag people and the Pilgrim Puritan settlers was celebrated with a three day harvest feast. The event was tense as the fugitives from England had come from a place of oppression themselves being not only the victims of religious persecution but themselves fanatics who were seeking to impose their ways on a people who they felt were unclean and unholy. These Pilgrims came to the new world bringing disease and destruction. One of the Wanpanoag, a baptized and Christian educated man named Squanto had a great love for a British explorer; John Weymouth. Their friendship had begun before The Pilgrims arrival in Plymouth and Squanto looked up to Weymouth like a father. Being convinced that these people were his friends by association he welcomed the Pilgrims and brought his tribe to engage in a land treaty with them. The Wananoag brought forth an abundance of food to these new people. They knew the land after all and all it could offer.
As many of you know this peace and sharing would be short lived.
So here in this age we must in all good consciousness ask ourselves "What are we celebrating?" Well to begin harvest festivals were we can be sure held on this land and many others long before any white man set foot on the shores of what was then Turtle Island or many other beautiful names. Thanksgiving should not be a day to be taken lightly. It should be a time of remembrance where we give thanks for those whose kindness extends without borders for without such welcome we would not be here. We must also remember the injustice of this day and pledge to end bigotry and greed. Let us come together as the first people did to share a feast of gratitude to our Mother the Earth and extend this sharing as much as possible with all in need. Let us teach our children that we are many tribes all within one great tribe. Let us remember the sacred hoop of life and our place within it.
Aho Mitakuye Oyasin
story source ~ "http://www.manataka.org/page269.html"
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