Have a Pilgrim-Native Thanksgiving!

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Rebecca Locklear
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Are you interested in ideas for a Pilgrim-Native harvest Thanksgiving? This resource is filled with clever and informative ways to enjoy a three-day event.

  • IDEAS: crafts, dining table customs, games, recipes, exercise suggestions, a Native word chant, and a new Thanksgiving song I wrote, all while learning historical details in the process.
  • There’s also a section of deep discussion questions, with answers based on new historical evidence.

The 1621 harvest event was a moment in time when two groups of people needed each other, lived alongside each other, and celebrated life. The story provides space for thought, gratitude, and hope.


My high school teacher, Frank Wamsutta James, was the Native activist who started the National Day of Mourning. From then to now, I work with balanced Pilgrim-Native information. I'm also a Mayflower and Wampanoag descendant.

Teachers and parents are saying...

✎“My family enjoyed becoming more involved with the preparations and activities that we shared during the Thanksgiving holiday. Learning about our family’s rich Pilgrim history brought about a better understanding and appreciation of our heritage.” - William D.

✎ “…Rebecca Locklear takes you through ideas for a 3-day house party. The resource is loaded with ideas from harvesting and recipes, to games, drawing, crafts, song–and even learning how to bow like folks used to do. I particularly like the Deep Discussion Questions which address those divisive issues that come up whenever folks talk about the Mayflower landing and Native people. …Put joy into your Thanksgiving by taking a look at this book and adding a few new traditions.” - Amazon customer

✎"Very carefully researched with a lot of interesting detail." - Mary C.

✎“My FAVORITE part, Rebecca, was the Native CHANT!  I loved learning it while using keys for rhythm and was really interested in the meaning of the words  - which you very carefully tantalized the whole crowd, telling them you would eventually tell the translation.” - HBL

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Rebecca Locklear

English, Reading-Writing Specialist, Latin teacher



You might also be interested in...

✔️The Mayflower at Cape Cod - Stories, activities, and research that connect 1620 with today (grades 6-12)

✔️1620 Resources: Pilgrims, Natives, Mayflower (free)

✔️Music, Drama, Dance, and Poster Ideas for the 1600s

And this blog post of mine: 1621 Thanksgiving Reenactment.


© Rebecca Locklear. For single use only.

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