Smithsonian Voices

From the Smithsonian Museums

Do American Indians celebrate Thanksgiving?

How do Native Americans make peace with a national holiday that romanticizes the encounter between their ancestors and English settlers in 1621, and erases altogether the deadly conflicts between them that followed? The museum's look at Thanksgiving and the history of Native and non-Native Americans in colonial New England includes new comments from American Indian friends, plus the witty video “The Invention of Thanksgiving,” from the award-winning exhibition “Americans.”