My friends at Truthsgiving.org urge us to take the TRUTHSGIVING 2020 PLEDGE, that involves educating ourselves, and our families and friends why the nonnative story of Thanksgiving not only whitewashes the truth, but promotes dangerous stereotypes.
- Educating ourselves What do you know about Native American Indigenous Peoples past and present, and about Indigenous resistance to Thanksgiving? See the list of resources here to get you started.
- Educating others Tell at least three people what you’ve learned and encourage them to take the pledge to discuss the truth at their thanksgiving event.
- Give back Tell the truth at your thanksgiving gathering or abolish it in your own life and celebrate Truthsgiving by giving back to your community during this day or hosting an event that celebrates Indigenous resistance and honors historical truth.
This Zine, TRUTHSGIVING, contains much useful information to help us with our efforts, to educate ourselves and others.
Following is a link to another Zine, “Changing the Narrative about Native Americans, A Guide for Allies.”
The third step of the Truthsgiving Pledge is to tell the truth at our thanksgiving gathering or abolish it in our own life and celebrate Truthsgiving by giving back to our community during this day or hosting an event that celebrates Indigenous resistance and honors historical truth.
One of my ideas for this third step is to encourage you to visit an online resource, a website full of stories, videos and photographs of the First Nation-Farmer Climate Unity March that I was blessed to be part of in September, 2018. The purpose of the March was for a small group of native and nonnative people to spend a week together as we walked and camped along the path of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Walking around 10 miles per day on rural Iowa roads was ideal for sharing our stories with each other. This was in part a healing journey. Many friendships were created, that continue well beyond the March, to this day.