The First Thanksgiving

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“The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story”

Have you ever heard of the first thanksgiving? Well, there was one “how to” story for teachers to be able to teach their students effectively. Written by Chuck Larsen, the story was entitled, “Information for Teachers”. In the story, Larsen explained that the majority of Americans were taught in school – which was not entirely true. An interesting guy Larsen was. His ancestors witnessed the first official Thanksgiving and what emphasizes this is that his ancestors originated from both the pilgrims and the Indians. It's a challenge to know a wide spread of knowledge and having to choose the important information to share.

It was 1620 when the Pilgrims had decided to venture for unfound land and cross the Atlantic Ocean. They drifted through the seas and stumbled on the rocky shores of a land that they hadn’t know had been owned by a group of native American’s known as the, “Wampanoag Indians”. This group of Indians lived in villages that were on the coast of what we know today as, Michigan and Rhode Island. Their houses were known as, “Wigwams” that were made of poles and tree barks. The use of this kind of shelter held on as a tradition for many many years.

The Wampanoag’s migrated a lot just to be able to feed themselves. Hunting was their only strategy to catch their food, until later when the use of animal traps was introduced to them. When spring came, the Indians caught fish and in the planting season – they focused more on the forests for a source of food. When the weather got bad, they moved inland to protect themselves from the rains, floods, and even drought. Drought really caused a lot of starvation and dehydration to the Wampanoags.

Deer skin was one of the biggest hunted animal skin that helped these natives adjust to the rapid temperature changes that occurred during winter time. They also hunted bears for their skin, otters, beavers, and oxen for their fur.

There were two kinds of Indians in New...
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