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Would you Celebrate Thanksgiving if you were Native American?

Imagine living in a land that had an abundance of everything.  Trees, wildlife, rivers, lakes, vegetation – you name it, there was an abundance of it.  Now imagine foreigners from a distant land washed ashore and you embraced them, shared your abundance with them and taught them how to survive in a land they knew nothing about.  Then one day, the foreigners turned on you, killed your men, took your land, raped your women and re-educated your children to learn their ways and their religion.  If this were your story, would you celebrate a holiday commemorating the foreigners’ first encounter with you?  I hope you’d think that would be an insult to you and your people!

But what if you learned this was your story?  What if you learned the foreigners changed what they called you so many times that your original identity was erased?  What if you learned the foreigners portrayed other people as you and programmed you to believe you were from somewhere else?  How would you feel about celebrating what would become the demise of a people all this time, just to find out they were your people?

I stopped celebrating Thanksgiving some time ago because I empathized with the Native Americans and felt what the Europeans did to them was wrong.  After researching my ancestry and researching history, I was pissed – which is an understatement – to find out the original people the Europeans found in America were copper-colored like me and that I have Native American blood flowing through my veins.  I can only blame myself for my ignorance though.  It’s no one else’s fault that I blindly followed something I didn’t question and that it took me so long to find out who my ancestors were.

Know Better:

1621/ J.L.G. Ferris - Library of Congress
The First Thanksgiving, 1621/ J.L.G. Ferris Library of Congress

Do Better:
If you or anyone in your family is copper-colored, your ancestors may have been the original people the Europeans found in America.  Spend some time reading through the posts found in this blog to educate yourself.  If you feel compelled to continue celebrating Thanksgiving because it’s tradition and it brings your family together, why not spend some of that time educating them on what you learned here.


Follow The Money

Bank of Texas Note
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Image:  “Commercial and Agricultural Bank of Texas $1.00 (one dollar)” – Southern Methodist University, Central University Libraries, DeGolyer Library

U.S. culture is unfortunately tainted with corruption and conspiracies and it is known that if you want to get to the truth of a matter you should “follow the money”.  This proved to be true, in a sense, when I went looking for the truth about who the real original Americans were.

In the 1800s, U.S. private banks printed their own paper currency often featuring images of what they called Indians.  The Bank of Texas note, pictured above, clearly depicts the Indian as copper-colored and not the likeness of those mostly seen on reservations today.  The article in the link below features other bank notes depicting images of copper-colored people as well.

Know Better:
Surviving Images, Forgotten Peoples – americanhistory.si.edu

Do Better:
If you have been keeping up with my blogs and are copper-colored, but not certain your ancestors derived from a country in Africa, you should have at least started asking your eldest relatives questions about those who came before them.

The 1800s seem like a long time ago, but you may have relatives whose grandparents shared stories with them about their grandparents (who would have lived during or very close to the 1800s).  The longer we wait to collect information, the further we get from the truth.  It is important for us to know our past, so it won’t be washed away completely by those who have been keeping it from us.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

This short video highlights what is said to be the first portrait of Christopher Columbus, as well as the first portrait of Indians.  Look closely.  The Indians do not resemble those you see in the movies and find on the reservations today.  Instead, they have copper-colored complexions, as is described in the original definition of American (see my page titled, “Copper Colored“).

Know Better:

Do Better:
Stop believing what you see in the movies and research your ancestry.