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The First Thankgsgiving
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Pilgram BearWhen the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 1620, they landed on the rockyThanksgiving Bear shores of a territory that was inhabited by the Wampanoag ( wm pa nō'ag ) Indians. These Indians lived in villages along the coast of what is now Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Indian BoyThe Wampanoags treated each other with respect. Any visitor to a Wampanoag home was provided with a share of what ever food the family had, even if the supply was low. This same courtesy was extended to the Pilgrims when they met. We can only guess what the Wampanoags must have thought when they first saw the strange ships of the Pilgrims arriving on their shores. But their custom was to help visitors, and they treated the newcomers with courtesy. It was mainly because of their kindness that the Pilgrims survived at all. The wheat the Pilgrims had brought with them to plant would not grow in the rocky soil. They needed to learn new ways for a new world, and the man who came to help them was called "Squanto" (SKWAN toe).

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Squanto, brought them deer meat and beaver skins. He taught them how to cultivate corn and other new vegetables and how to build Indian-style houses. He pointed out poisonous plants and showed how other plants could be used as medicine. He explained how to dig and cook clams, how to get sap from the maple trees, use fish for fertilizer, and dozens of other skills needed for their survival. By the time fall arrived things were going much better for the Pilgrims, thanks to the help they had received. 

Two AcornsThe Pilgrims decided to have a thanksgiving feast to celebrate their goodHappy Thanksgiving fortune. Captain Miles Standish, the leader of the Pilgrims, invited Squanto, Samoset, Massasoit (the leader of the Wampanoags), and their immediate families to join them for a celebration, but they had no idea how big Indian families could be. As the Thanksgiving feast began, the Pilgrims were overwhelmed at the large turnout of ninety relatives that Squanto and Samoset brought with them. The Boy and TurkeyPilgrims were not prepared to feed a gathering of people that large for three days. Seeing this, Massasoit gave orders to his men within the first hour of his arrival to go home and get more food. Thus it happened that the Indians supplied the majority of the food: Five deer, many wild turkeys, fish, beans, squash, corn soup, corn bread, and berries.Indian and Pilgrams Captain Standish sat at one end of a long table and the Clan Chief Massasoit sat at the other end.  For three days the Wampanoags feasted with the Pilgrims. It was a special time of friendship between two very different groups of people.

Thanksgiving Pilgram

A THANKSGIVING PRAYER FROM THE WAMPANOAG.

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Concentration Game

Click on a card to turn it over and reveal a picture. Continue clicking on the cards until you find all the matching Thanksgiving pictures. When you've matched all the cards, click on the hidden image to see all of it and to start the game again. Have fun!



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