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Many Hoops around Thanksgiving is a website about the first thanksgiving, the way the pilgrims and Native American Wampanoag lived and celebrated the first thanksgiving. Many Hoops looks on this subject from an objective and historic view and incorporates a much needed cultural sensitivity. Starting with the historic view and ending with the contemporary view of how the Nation is today and what we can do to improve our relationships through the knowledge of the past.
The national holiday of Thanksgiving was created by Sarah Jospepha Hale and her history and her contributions to society are told in story form. How the holiday of Thanksgiving was created after many years of effort and how Sarah Josepha Hale created the thanksgiving holiday we know today. Looking back in history and dispelling many of the myths around Thanksgiving will give us a better perspective on the world we live in today as it changes from a strictly national view to a global view.
Explanations are given for the various words used during Thanksgiving, such as pilgrims, puritans, brownists, separatists, old comers, old planters, reformists and also details on the religion of the pilgrims and the puritans and their impact on the history of the United States. Traditional Native American Wampanoag culture and spirituality is discussed to dispel many of the historic references that contained concepts that were misunderstood and misconceived and erroneous by the European and English pilgrim and puritan colonists. A look at contemporary Native American, specifically Wampanoag issues and concerns is also part of Many Hoops around Thanksgiving as we begin to look at cultural sensitivity, elimination of stereotypes and stereotyping of Native Americans. Specific activities and suggestions for the everyday person are given as small steps toward a big change. Education about Thanksgiving and the Wampanoag people is of utmost importance. Especially for our children and future generations.
Included on the Many Hoops around Thanksgiving website are native american crafts and pilgrim crafts for thanksgiving for kids and adults. Also decorations for thanksgiving, coloring pages about thanksgiving, an educational thanksgiving coloring book for children from kindergarten and older.
There are numerous recipes for thanksgiving, articles about the original thanksgiving food, the foods and recipes of the Wampanog Native Americans. There are thanksgiving prayers from Native American and Baha'i. A page dedicated to Native American Wampanoag language and it's revival.