Thanksgiving is nothing to celebrate for Native Americans, who are gathering in the US town where the first European immigrants settled for a solemn National Day of Mourning observance.
The gathering on Thursday in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts, will recall the disease, racism and oppression that the European settlers brought.
It’s the 49th year that the United American Indians of New England have organized the event on Thanksgiving Day, a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November.
Moonanum James, a co-leader of the group, says: “Native people have no reason to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims.”
The Pilgrims were one of the earliest European settlers in America, arriving from England and settling in the state of Massachusetts in 1620.
Participants the mourning observance will beat drums, offer prayers and make public speeches.
They’ll also express their solidarity with refugees…