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Chestnut Street School Thanksgiving, Portland, 1924

Chestnut Street School Thanksgiving, Portland, 1924

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Not everyone agrees that Massachusetts was the site of the first thanksgiving observance after Europeans arrived in North America.

And, despite the friendly handshake between the "Indian" and the "Pilgrim," by students at Portland's Chestnut Street School in 1924, not all American Indians view Thanksgiving as a time to celebrate that mythic past.

Many argue that the relationship between the Indians and the colonists was more complex than the holiday observance often suggests.


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