Mashantucket Pequot Museum Library and Archives Blog

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Giving Thanks

November…American Indians…Thanksgiving Day…
Why do these terms seem to always appear together? Native people and their stories should not be relegated to only the fall season-whether in curriculum, text books, or storytimes. Not only do the original inhabitants of this land give thanks many times throughout the year, they and others have created a growing body of children’s literature which can and should be read throughout the year and across the curriculum.
To assist people in finding “excellent literature,” the Children’s Library has lists of many books written by American Indians about themselves, their histories and cultures, and their lives. These materials are important as they provide teachers, parents, and children with more accurate information about the cultures, values, and beliefs of many tribal nations and people. The books and videos present information not only about the importance of celebrations to Native communities today, but also about the depth and significance of traditional Native gatherings.
Pequot Museum Children's Library Bibliographies

Teachers, here are some books which will help you update your lesson plans about thanksgiving celebrations and encourage use of Native American materials every month of the year.

Many Thanksgivings: Teaching Thanksgiving-Including the Wampanoag Perspective. The Boston Children’s Museum, 2002.

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving, by Catherine O’Neill Grace and Margaret M. Bruchac (Abenaki). National Geographic Society, 2001.

Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective, by Doris Seale (Santee/Cree), Beverly Slapin and Carolyn Silverman (Cherokee/Blackfeet). Oyate, 1995.