Chestnut Street School Thanksgiving, Portland, 1924Item 5267 info
Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media
Regardless the meaning or composition of the "first" Thanksgiving, several things are certain.
Most Indians and colonists ate with their hands, not utensils. They sometimes used cloth to hold hot food while they ate it.
Food often was not passed around a table. Instead, the diners ate the food that was closest to them.
Meals were not served in unique courses. Instead, all the food was put on the table at once.
Dried corn and fruits probably were the most common "side" dishes at the meal.