For fifty-three years, Indigenous people and their allies have gathered on the U.S Thanksgiving holiday in Plymouth, MA to observe the National Day of Mourning. Because Thanksgiving is a reminder of the genocide of millions of Native people, the theft of Native lands, and the erasure of Native cultures, many Native people choose not to celebrate. The National Day of Mourning honors Indigenous ancestors and Native resilience, and is a day to protest against the racism and oppression that Indigenous people continue to experience worldwide. Join the United American Indians of New England (UAINE) on November 24th at 12pm on Cole’s Hill as they continue to create a true awareness of Native peoples and their history.
To learn more about Native cultures, visit Ohrstrom’s Native American Heritage display in the Baker Reading Room on the main level or scroll through our recommended titles below.
- The Story of Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning
- Recognizing Native American Perspectives: Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning
- National Day of Mourning Turns Thanksgiving into Something More Honest
- Native American Heritage Month on Kanopy