Think before you tweet

I'm an Indian, too

I’m an Indian, too

The headline reads: Cher blasts Thanksgiving.

The celebrity apparently tweeted the holiday signals the devastation of Indian peoples.

So she doesn’t honor the holiday.

When I was in high school I shared her feelings.

I rejected materialism, capitalism, marriage—and anything that smacked of traditions.

When I told my mother I was rejecting Thanksgiving, she just laughed.

My mother was born on the reservation in Oklahoma, and her mother, and her mother’s mother, and all her relatives celebrate Thanksgiving.

Fall marks a celebratory time for giving thanks to the creator.

And when I went to university and joined the Native American student union, we all celebrated Thanksgiving in a fellowship of many tribes and traditions.

None of the Indian students I knew rejected Thanksgiving.

Our relatives long celebrated Thanksgiving before the settlers arrived.

It’s our holiday.

Someone should tell Cher.

Thirteenth blog for National Native American Heritage Month


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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5 Responses to Think before you tweet

  1. hrygth says:

    I didn’t know that! Thanks so much for sharing. I’m always learning!


  2. MaryJean Williams says:

    Great blog post. Gratitude might be a universal attribute of people everywhere. Thanks to the Native Americans who catalyzed a great American tradition, and thanks to Dr. Coleman for paying it forward again. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!


  3. Conrad R says:

    we soooooooo celebrate thanksgiving ,it shows how I and my family love to give.!


  4. Janelle Gilbert says:

    Thank you for re-framing that. For me, it did seem a bit like celebrating Columbus day. Knowing it first belonged to the indigenous peoples makes me feel a whole lot better approaching what is a special day of thanks and family.


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