Thanksgiving is a holiday with a simple message, but a complex history. On Thanksgiving, we gather with friends and family to focus on gratitude and togetherness. But generations of misguided and inaccurate stories about the history of the day have become part of our cultural celebrations.
The stories we tell, about our families, our traditions, and our history, are an important part of family dinner — especially during the holidays. In recognition of the power of stories, we worked with our friends at Made by Us to present this collection of resources about the history of Thanksgiving and how we can all honor the true meaning of the day, while respecting and learning from other perspectives. Here, you’ll find articles, videos, and recipes from Indigenous creators as well as historians and organizations who uplift Indigenous voices, and some new conversation starters and games your family can use to shape your own stories about the significance of Thanksgiving.
Check out this 60 Second History video, “A Brief History of Thanksgiving,” from Made by Us and York History!
“Rethinking Thanksgiving Celebrations” resource guide from the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Ready to talk about Thanksgiving history and the stories we tell? Try these conversation starters at your dinner table.
We can make Thanksgiving more meaningful by sharing our own family stories. Try these prompts with your friends and family!