I teach children's religious education (Sunday School) at my Unitarian Universalist church. We taught this week about Thanksgiving and the Wampanoag Indian tribe. The story from my childhood was about the Indians saving the Pilgrims by teaching them how to grow corn instead of wheat, and everyone celebrating the act of friendship with the First Thanksgiving. That's a lovely legend about helping others and sharing together in life's bounty. Unfortunately, it misrepresents the Native tribe's traditions and ignores the systematic destruction of the Wampanoag's culture by the Pilgrims as time went on. The Wampanoag Indians have had Thanksgiving rituals every single morning since, well, forever, and still do. They celebrated harvests four to six times per year with week long Thanksgiving Feasts. And, Americans didn't celebrate a yearly Thanksgiving holiday until 200 years after the year the Wampanoag's helped them learn to grow food. I'm curious if the Thanksgiving story of my childhood is still being taught with pageants and so forth showing the Indians and Pilgrims sharing the First Thanksgiving. What are you doing in your class to education your kids about the wonderful tradition of giving thanks - and the injustice done to the Native people of America (and what grade do you teach?) For my Kinder-1st graders I focused on giving thanks every day, like the Wampanoags do, and left the injustice part for the later grades. See http://www.massmoments.org/moment.cfm?mid=340 for a concise article about this.