Thanksgiving time travel

Turkey, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. These were the trimmings of the first Thanksgiving, right? Wrong!

Researchers from National Geographic have teamed with the staff of Plimoth Plantation to give a more accurate view of that Indian and Pilgrim gathering in "1621: A New Look At Thanksgiving."

Every year, Pilmoth Plantation, a popular living museum in Massachusetts, reenacts the gathering in well-documented style. The photos that adorn this book were taken during last year's event, and they will correct some misconceptions.

Thanksgiving wasn't one large meal; it was a series of meals over three days. It wasn't primarily a Pilgrim party, with invitations going to Indians; it was a time of mutual celebration. It wasn't even called Thanksgiving; it was simply a harvest celebration. And Pilgrims weren't calling themselves Pilgrims at that point. This striking book offers a balanced account of what might have occurred in the fall of 1621, an account in which the Wampanoag Indians played a more important role than the myths of succeeding centuries have acknowledged.

Karen Carden reviews children's books for the Monitor.

Share this story:

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Save for later

Save
Cancel

Saved ( of items)

This item has been saved to read later from any device.
Access saved items through your user name at the top of the page.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You reached the limit of 20 saved items.
Please visit following link to manage you saved items.

View Saved Items

OK

Failed to save

You have already saved this item.

View Saved Items

OK