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Last Thursday Nov. 24 was Thanksgiving in the USA. Our Canadian neighbors to the north celebrated their Thanksgiving on Oct. 10th. Historically we are commemorating a harvest feast that took place in 1621 between ~50 surviving Pilgrims (out of 100) and ~90 Wampanoag Native Americans. There is currently lots of controversy about the celebrating Thanksgiving “traditionally" because this wonderful kumbaya moment between the Pilgrims and the Indians is most likely not typical and the energy of everyone joining in a joyful celebration of peace and abundance overshadows the truth that the native Americans were frequently treated badly by the European settlers who eventually decimated the Native American culture. Let’s not forget that the Native American could be quite brutal warriors as well. Still there it is, this 1621 harvest feast. There are more than one written accounts about this atypical gathering where both sides got together and celebrated their joint humanity by eating and playing games together for 3 days. WooHoo!! "This is a feast which honors your holy relationship and at which everyone is welcomed as an honored guest." (OrEd.Tx.19.55) In our current culture we share a day of coming together in family and community (tribe) when we put aside our differences, and we feast together declaring the abundance of life and the goodness of people. Regardless of its questionable roots – we could use many more Thanksgiving days in our current world. 31 min. SUBSCRIBE & SHARE
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