I have always enjoyed big delicious meals with cranberries, Mom’s homemade stuffing, and chatting with friends and family on Thanksgiving. However, while I watch the Macy’s Day Parade on television today, It would seem that much of the celebrations come from the perspective of the Europeans settlers of America. Sadly, this is only part of the story.

On this day of Thanks, I want to offer appreciation for the native culture that inhabited North America long before the Pilgrims. The North American Indian culture is vibrant, rich in tradition, and one of the most historically important foundation pieces of American culture — and much more than a visit to an Indian gaming casino.

I hope you take a moment and explore this wonderful heritage to further appreciate and celebrate the North American Indian peoples. For starters, take a look at my interview with Elder Ernie Philip of the Little Shuswap people of British Columbia, and have a Happy and Delicious Thanksgiving.

Editor ITKT

Written by Devin Galaudet

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