Tag Archives: Thanksgiving

Is there a doctor in the house?

National Native American History Month: Less than one percent First daughter broke through a chunk of the glass ceiling in November—a tribute to her passion and persistence—and an important event tucked in the shadow of National Native American History month. … Continue reading

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Pie Five Days

We started a new tradition in November. I call it Pie Five Days. My symbol for Pie Five Days is an open hand: the symbol Osages use to adorn clothing and blankets, and the same symbol school children use to … Continue reading

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Magazine takes Redskins to task

The New Yorker magazine’s latest issue hit subscribers and newsstands this week with a cover that takes the Redskins football team to task. Titled, First Thanksgiving, the cover—a painting by Bruce McCall—shows a trio of Native Americans arriving at a … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving: what’s the point?

Sometimes folks who know my Osage and Sioux ancestry ask if we celebrate Thanksgiving. Sure, I say. My family, my mother’s family, her mother’s family—all through the generations—have shared supper with friends and relatives, thanking the creator for the harvest … Continue reading

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How you can contribute to Native American History Month

I started my tradition of posting a blog each day, each November, in honor of Native American History Month. The first worry stems from any writing challenge: what if I run out of things to say? I take my cue … Continue reading

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Every Month is Native American Heritage Month

Some critics rail against ersatz holidays. Grandparents’ Day. Valentine’s Day. Labor Day. They argue we should recognize grandparents, lovers and laborers every day. Native American Heritage Month produces cognitive dissonance: it’s great to focus attention on American Indians, but the … Continue reading

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A News Spin on Native American Heritage

When I met Ira Glass in Portland this fall, he admitted he got his stories from the headlines. Glass said he pores over the New York Times—and other publications—in search of narratives. What makes This American Life different is that … Continue reading

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When Gratitude is Woven into the Fabric of Life

I’m not religious. I mean, not at all religious. But I enjoy playing the anthropologist at my sister’s catholic church services. And I enjoy attending Barmitzvahs and Passover dinners. Hearing the stories: that’s the best part.

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Suffer the Thanksgiving Fools

Blog courtesy of Megan Tusler. Hey fellow Natives! On this most unsettling of “holidays,” a few gentle suggestions: 1. People will probably be showing up at your house today. I understand your reluctance to let them in. But this time … Continue reading

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Through Native Eyes

I’m not crazy about occasions we invent as an excuse to sell greeting cards or buy a floral bouquet. So I don’t celebrate Grandparents Day or Arbor Day. Many such events were created as an opportunity for news coverage: I … Continue reading

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