Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective
Date: 4:00pm - 5:30pm PST November 30, 2010 Location: Council Chamber
This is our closing program for American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Se-ah-dom Edmo (Shoshone-Bannock/ Nez Perce/ Yakama) is an Indigenous activist and a Traditional Storytelling Apprentice who will deconstruct the story of the first Thanksgiving–which often describes a peaceful, cross-cultural exchange between the “Pilgrims and Indians.”
While the Wampanoag people and the Planters (settlers) did share in a harvest celebration, within 20 years European disease and land interests decimated the Wampanoags.
Se-ah-dom will discuss how Thanksgiving’s complicated history serves as a reminder of colonization’s impact on America’s indigenous peoples–providing an important and thoughtful reframing of history.
Se-ah-dom Edmo is the Coordinator for the Lewis & Clark Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project, part of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling.