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A member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe tells the true story of Thanksgiving

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 2021-11-24

Cover picture for the articleOn this edition of Your Call, Darius Coombs, a Mashpee Wampanoag discusses the history of Indigenous Peoples and the first English settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1621, 400 years ago. His people have been in what is now...

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Patty Rose
11-24

I’m so tired of this Native American worship. Facts are facts. They were always at war with each other they stole and enslaved each other. They did not have a culture of peace love and etc. it’s a romanticized version of the truth. Someone was going to colonize this land eventually so get over it.

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Stephen Wheeler
11-24

We have documentary evidence of the event from the 1620's, and we have the corroborating historical evidence of the persistence of peace between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag for the next 50-ish years; evidence that tells us that the story told in our history books is true. They got along, helped one another, enjoyed personal friendships, and celebrated with a feast. All true. But today we're told that we have to listen to a lecturer - 400 years after the event - who happens to be a descendant of the Wampanoag - in order to get the real story. There no reason to suspect that any new version is somehow more true. If it's a different tale, its historical fiction. If it adds details that are usually passed over, they have already been thoroughly investigated by other scholars and are available to anyone. If it's an unknown tale of woe and oppression by those evil Pilgrims, it reflects the collapse of peace a generation later (King Philip's War 1675 - 1678).

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Gwen Koziura
11-24

The article states the Mayflower landed in 1621. That’s inaccurate. It landed in 1620. The first Thanksgiving was in 1621. The Native American revisionist history is also inaccurate. They are trying to gain power over the white people who settled in Massachusetts in 1620 by creating an inaccurate picture of a centralized Native American governing body that simply did not exist. The tribes were warring among themselves. They were not one unit.

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