In all the discussion about Thanksgiving, sometimes the story of the Plymouth colony gets romanticized. For example, the Plymouth settlers were probably watched with suspicion by Native Americans already inhabiting the area where they settled. Squanto, long considered a friend to the Pilgrims, had been taken to England as a slave some years before (and that’s why he spoke English). Although Native American warriors did join the Pilgrims and brought 5 deer to the feast, they weren’t really invited until they just showed up, wondering what was going on in the settlement. Sometimes you learn about Native American history but forget that Native people are active people who still live throughout the United States, hold many different jobs, and honor both their traditional cultures as well as participate in today’s society. How can you compare what you’ve learned about Georgia history and Native Americans with your life and American society now?
Ms. Burke is Centennial Academy's librarian and loves to read - she's read almost everything in our library!!