Thanksgiving: Part of “Broken Circle” Holidays

Dr. War Jack’s words tell of the Native American approach to life–being consciously grateful for everything and accepting differences in other cultures.
This morning, as I took my bath, I thanked the Creator for the water to bathe in, the heater that makes it warm, the epsom salts, baking soda, and vinegar from the Earth to help me detox; for the baking soda, cinnamon, and cloves to brush my teeth with, the olive trees that grew the olives that made the oil that helped make the soap I used to wash my body with.
I was thankful for the cotton that made the washcloth and towels. And on…
It’s not a passive existence, but an active mindset that engages with the moment and what is going on around one. It’s a constant connection with the Creator through all of nature and all that nature gives us.

Warrior Publications

American Indians gather on Alcatraz Island at Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Native News Online photo by Arthur Jacobs. American Indians gather on Alcatraz Island at Indigenous Peoples Sunrise Ceremony on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Native News Online photo by Arthur Jacobs.

by Dr. LaNada War Jack, Native News Online, Nov 27, 2014

Traditional American Thanksgiving acknowledges a feast shared between Pilgrims and Indigenous Native people. We know our people assisted with the early immigration process of those people arriving from Europe because they were pitiful, hungry and starving. We were kind and loving people who helped them. However, once they got a foothold, they tried to completely extinguish us, stole our lands and now we are supposed to be thankful. This runs similar to the “Redskin” mascot Issue or the “Columbus Day” celebration of genocide. Today, we are supposed to celebrate Thanksgiving, which is part of the  “Broken Circle” corporate holidays.

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