Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning

The first Thanksgiving has long been popularised in mainstream history as a time of peaceful relations between the colonists from the Mayflower and Native Americans.

This account has been much-disputed over the last four centuries - particularly by Native American community who instead mark the occasion with a National Day of Mourning and remember the suffering of their ancestors.

In the 400th anniversary year of the Mayflower's sailing, we explored multiple aspects of the story.

  • Frank James and the history of the National Day of Mourning

    Some fifty years ago, a proud Native American man called Frank James took a stand. He took a stand against centuries of history that told a story that simply was not true. A legacy that gave his people no voice.

    This is the story of Frank James and HIS lasting legacy.

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  • The story of Thanksgiving and the National Day of Mourning

    Without the help of the Native American community they met upon settling in America, the Mayflower Pilgrims would have likely never survived.

    The first Thanksgiving has long been popularised in mainstream history as a time of peaceful relations between the colonists and Native Americans - something that has been much-disputed over the last four centuries.

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  • Video: The National Day of Mourning 2020

    The National Day of Mourning marks some 50 years since the people of the Wampanoag refused to accept the one-dimensional telling of the Thanksgiving story and were no longer willing to be silenced.

    This video seeks to tell that story in partnership with Plymouth 400 and Native American marketing agency SmokeSygnals Marketing and Communications.

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  • Giving Thanks campaign launches in Southampton as part of Mayflower 400

    Giving Thanks created digital memories that bring the people of Southampton together in a shared celebration of the city and its communities.

    It was delivered as part of the ongoing city-wide Mayflower 400 programme and aims to not just mark the anniversary, but to bring people together in days of social isolation, through generating an understanding of difference and encouraging an attitude of gratitude.

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  • Speedwell lights switched off to mark National Day of Mourning

    Created by local artist collective Still/Moving, 'Speedwell' had lit up Mount Batten Pier in Plymouth UK since September 2020, but the time came to 'extinguish' this large-scale art installation.

    On Thursday, 26 November, the words 'NO NEW WORLDS' shone out until dusk, before the artwork was switched off for the remaining duration of its installation (until Sunday 29 November) as part of the US National Day of Mourning.

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