National Day of Mourning

By Amyas McKnight for Boston Compass (#129)

November 8, 2020


Photo: United American Indians of New England (UAINE group)

This year marks the 51st Day Of Mourning for Native Americans. Join the United American Indians of New England on November 26th at 12pm at Cole’s Hill, Plymouth as they rally against the celebration of Thanksgiving; a day that serves as a dark reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the relentless assault on Native culture. The Day Of Mourning aims honor Native ancestors and highlight these struggles indigenous people have faced since white settlers arrived. Remember that Turkey Day is pilgrim mythology. They say the Natives embraced them with hugs and kisses and then invited them over for dinner. They share this story in order to justify the sexism, racism, anti-lesbian and gay bigotry, jails, and class system they introduced to these shores. One of the first things they did when they arrived on Cape Cod -- before they even made it to Plymouth -- was rob Wampanoag graves at Corn Hill and steal the Natives' winter provisions. These pitiful European strangers would not have survived their first several years in "New England" were it not for the aid of Wampanoag people. The National Day of Mourning began in 1970 when a Wampanoag man, Wamsutta Frank James, was asked to speak at a state dinner celebrating the 350th anniversary of the pilgrim landing. He refused to speak false words in praise of the white man for bringing civilization to “us poor heathens”. We now carry the torch that illuminates the path towards truth hidden by the white washing of American history. FOR MORE INFO email info@uaine.org

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