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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Time for Thanks and Giving


October 15, 2020

by Pat Kosters, Iowa Master Gardener

Native Americans, our Indigenous People, will forever be associated with Thanksgiving. It was the native people of the Pokanoket tribe who helped the Pilgrim immigrants of Plymouth Colony survive their first winter by providing food and supplies. According to historians, without their generosity all would have died. Giving thanks for their good fortune, the Pilgrims invited those Native Americans to share their first harvest festival in 1621.

This is another story of Native Americans’ generosity to remember this Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In the midst...

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