Unthanksgiving Day 2022: What if, on a national holiday, we came together not to celebrate what we have, but to atone for what we’ve taken? That’s the idea behind Unthanksgiving Day, a day of mourning and remembrance for the Native Americans who were displaced and killed when Europeans colonized America. This blog post explores the history of Unthanksgiving Day and why it’s important for us to remember this day as Americans. We also talk about how you can get involved in the commemoration, whether you’re Native American or not.
What is Unthanksgiving Day?
Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day. This holiday commemorates the Pilgrim’s journey to the New World and their first harvest feast. However, for Native Americans, this day is known as Unthanksgiving Day.
Today, Unthanksgiving Day is a time for Native Americans to remember their ancestors and celebrate their culture and heritage. The day also serves as a reminder of the atrocities committed against Native Americans by European settlers.
On this day, Native Americans gather at Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. They hold a sunrise ceremony to honor those who have passed away and to give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. After the ceremony, they take part in a traditional feast and enjoy live entertainment.
If you’re interested in learning more about Unthanksgiving Day and celebrating with Native Americans, there are several events being held across the country. These events are open to everyone and provide a great opportunity to learn more about this important day in history.
The History of Unthanksgiving Day
In the early morning hours of November 26, 1789, a group of Native American men, women, and children from the Wampanoag tribe set out from their homes on Martha’s Vineyard for a three-mile journey to Plymouth Rock.
This was no ordinary trip. These Wampanoag people were going to confront the Pilgrims who had invaded their land, killed their people, and stolen their resources.
The Wampanoag had good reason to be angry. The Pilgrims had arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower and immediately began taking over Wampanoag land.
The Pilgrims claimed they were peaceful religious refugees, but the Wampanoag knew they were really just greedy colonizers.
The Wampanoag tried to resist the colonizers, but they were outnumbered and outgunned. By 1675, the Wampanoag had lost control of their land and were forced to live on reservations.
But even on the reservations, the Wampanoag continued to suffer at the hands of the colonists. In 1763, British soldiers massacred hundreds of Wampanoag men, women, and children in what came to be known as the “Plymouth Massacre.”
So when the group of Wampanoag people arrived at Plymouth Rock on that November day in 1789, they had come to demand justice from the Pilgrims.
Why Celebrate Unthanksgiving Day?
There are many reasons to celebrate Unthanksgiving Day. For one, it is a day to remember and honor the indigenous people who were forcibly removed from their homes during the California Gold Rush. It is also a day to celebrate the resistance of these same people against colonization and displacement. Additionally, Unthanksgiving Day is a time to reflect on the history of Native Americans in this country and to recommit to fighting for justice and equality for all.
How to Celebrate Unthanksgiving Day
On Unthanksgiving Day, we remember and give thanks for the Native American people who have been oppressed and mistreated throughout history. We also celebrate their culture and traditions. Here are some ways you can participate in Unthanksgiving Day:
1. Learn about the history of Unthanksgiving Day and the Native American people who have been affected by it.
2. Attend a local event or Pow Wow to celebrate Native American culture.
3. Make a donation to a local organization that supports Native American rights or causes.
4. Educate yourself and others about the issues facing Native American people today.
5. Show your support for Native American organizations and businesses.
Unthanksgiving Day is a day for us to come together and remember the atrocities that have been committed against Native Americans. It is also a day for us to reflect on how we can do better as a country. We hope that you will join us in commemorating Unthanksgiving Day on November 24, 2022.