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Nov 24, 2022
Kistory: Thanksgiving: Part Six
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It's our final episode of Kistory, a history podcast for kids. The podcast is hosted by Emma Redden, co-host of Freedom Means. This series is an attempt at an honest history of Thanksgiving. Each episode is short is intended even for young children. Episode Six talks about the National Day of Mourning, and current indigenous resistance to Thanksgiving.

To watch a live stream of the National Day of Mourning, click here.

This history was compiled from histories told and shared by Native peoples. The historical information is my translation of the histories included below. I have surely translated and retold this history imperfectly and I hope to revise and clarify whenever necessary. I am deeply thankful for the history Native peoples have shared. Podcast sources include:

*Citizen Potawatomi Nation “The True Dark History of Thanksgiving

*Thanksgiving Lesson Plan booklet created by Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services

*United American Indians of New England “Background

*Indian Country Today interview “What Really Happened At the First Thanksgiving, The Wampanoag Side of the Tale

If you are interested in learning more about an indigenous organizing & decolonizing project visit LANDBACK and LANDBACK University. To listen to beautiful interviews with Native people talking about indigeneity, visit All My Relations Podcast. For a partial list books by Native authors visit Social Justice Books. This is an incredibly incomplete list, but hopefully meaningful as well.

Emma, and her collaborator Grace Aldrich, are community educators and work with groups of teachers, parents and caregivers. If you are interested in working with us please contact us through our website or by sending us an email at

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The music and sound design for this podcast is done by Echo Finch.

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