Food for Thought: The Thanksgiving Story

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What does Thanksgiving mean to you and how do you celebrate it? Is it a day to spend time with family and friends? Is it a time to eat lots of delicious food? Is it a time to be thankful for the positive things in your life? As you can see, the same holiday can mean different things to different people. For Native Americans living today, answering the questions above is not so simple. From documents written at that time and from Wampanoag oral histories you will find the history of Thanksgiving is more surprising than you might think. Join us as Darlene Kascak, Education Coordinator for the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center, offers an often missed historical perspective.

Registration below is appreciated by November 20. Registered participants will receive an email with Zoom meeting details on the day of the event. The Zoom link and details will also be posted here on the day of the event.

About Darlene Kascak

Darlene Kascak (Schaghticoke Tribal Nation) is the Education Coordinator at The Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut. Her experience as an educator, tour guide, museum assistant and Traditional Native American Storyteller has taught her the importance of educating both young and old about the many misconceptions and stereotypes about her ancestors. Her style of teaching from a Native American’s point of view allows children and adults the opportunity to have a new understanding of Connecticut’s Indigenous Peoples lives both in the past and in the present. 

About the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center

Located in Washington, Connecticut, the Institute for American Indian Studies (IAIS)—formerly the American Indian Archaeological Institute (AIAI)—was incorporated in 1975 as an outgrowth of local efforts to recover New England’s then-largely-unknown indigenous history.

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Feature Image:
The Plymouth Thanksgiving
by Leonard Weisgard
New York: DoubleDay & Company, 1967.
Special Collections, Pequot Library.


November 24, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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