Thanksgiving, Another Viewpoint – Value Of Kindness

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” In years gone by America was, by definition, a kind of recapitulation and consummation of all human possibilities”Patrick Laude

America is no longer a place  to dream. Today, the once taken-for-granted dreams  for a better world for ordinary Americans seems to be fading, rather like roses in a scandalous wasteland. The fertile dreams of yesteryear have given way to dread for many of her citizens.

Once the guardian of the process by which the soul of man could grow and act upon the earth, America is surely being destroyed, not necessarily through war, but slowly from within like a hollowed-out-tree, standing tall in the desert of petrified life. In hindsight, perhaps the pilgrims who first set foot on the ‘new land,’ had already started the decaying process, when they refused to share with the indigenous inhabits, whose land they gladly settled on. Here is a small piece from a woman of the Dineh Nation.


“As a child of a Native American family, I was part of a very select group of survivors,  I learned early  that my family possessed some ‘inside’ knowledge of what really happened when those poor tired masses came to our homes. When the Pilgrims came to Plymouth rock, they were poor and hungry, half of them died within a few months from disease and hunger.

When Squanto, A Wampanoag man, found them, they were in a pitiful state. He knew English, having traveled to Europe, so could speak to them. Their English crops had failed. The native people fed them through the harsh winter and taught them how to grow crops.  They were not merely ‘friendly Indians.’ They had already experienced European slave traders, raiding their villages for a hundred years or so, and they were weary, but it was their way to give freely to those who had nothing. Among many of our people, showing that you can give without holding back is the way to earn respect. Among the Dakota, my father’s people, they say, when asked to give, “are we not Dakota and alive?” It was believed that by giving there would be enough for all, the exact opposite to the system we live by now, which is based on selling.

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To the newcomers, the Wampanoags were heathens, and of the Devil. They saw Squanto not as an equal but as an instrument of their God to help his chosen people, “themselves.”  Since that very first sharing of food, nearly seventy percent of all crops grown today were originally cultivated by Native American people. I sometimes wonder what they ate in Europe before they met us. Spaghetti without tomatoes? At that first Thanksgiving, the Wampanoags provided most of the food, and signed a treaty granting Pilgrims the right to the land at Plymouth, this was the real reason for the first Thanksgiving. What did the Europeans give in return? Within twenty years their disease and treachery had decimated the Wampanoags. “Least we forget,” let me tell you a story.  In stories told by the Dakota people, an evil person always keeps his or her heart in a secret place separate from the body. The hero must find that secret place and destroy the heart, in order to stop the evil.. I see, in the first Thanksgiving story, a hidden Pilgrim heart. The story of that heart is the real tale that needs to be remembered this Thanksgiving.”

Small excerpt from New America Media

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