Massachusetts: The Power of Thanksgiving
The Thanksgiving story of the Pilgrims and Native Americans is told year after year — and at its center is a famous man commonly called Squanto. He is remembered as the great translator and teacher who helped the European Pilgrims survive in their new home near Plymouth rock. But the true story of Tisquantum (his real name) is, of course, much more complex, personal, and relatable. It is a story of tragedy, of adventure, and of an opportunity to heal.
Parent Note: Our historical fiction version of his story includes the reality of Native American slavery, the plague of smallpox and his personal grief around losing his family. Yes, this story includes difficult topics and themes that are not usually shared over the Thanksgiving meal, but it also includes reconciliation, service and ultimately … deep healing.