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The Thanksgiving narrative and tradition that most people living in the US have learned is Thanksgiving pays homage to the autumn harvest between the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Native Americans. We invite you to join our guests to learn more about their perspectives on Thanksgiving. Some resources to better prepare you for the event is listed below. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the material to best engage in the lunch. Please RSVP by Friday, November 5th.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be sponsoring the meal. If you need meal swipes to participate, we will ask you to fill out the sign-in sheet at the register prior to entering Market Square. Space is limited to 50 spots.

Guest Biographies

Jodi Voice Yellowfish is Muscogee/Creek, Oglala Lakota, and Cherokee. Born and raised in Dallas, Jodi is a product of the US Government’s Indian Relocation Program. She is the Chairperson for MMIW TX Rematriate, a board member for Dallas Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and organizes with Our City Our Future. She recently became the first Indigenous person to be appointed to Dallas’ Arts & Culture Advisory Commission and possibly the first ever to serve on any board/commission in Dallas. She has been a frequent speaker at TCU throughout the years.

Tabitha Tan is Diné (Navajo). She is a TCU alum, class of ’99 (Environmental Science major), and currently works as Associate Principal Engineer, Corporate Quality, Mary Kay Inc., in Dallas. As a student at TCU, she was a member of TCU's first ever Native American student organization. Since 2016, she has worked tirelessly on TCU's various Native American initiatives, including giving remarks at the dedication of TCU's Native American monument in 2018 and serving on TCU's first Native American Advisory Circle in 2020-21.

Albert Nungaray is Puebloan.  He taught ancient tools, techniques, and medicines as a summer camp instructor at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology from 2010-2014. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 2017 with a BA in History and Anthropology, was a founding member and officer of TCU's Native and Indigenous Student Association in 2016-17, and served on the committee that helped develop TCU's Native American monument. He is currently working in the University of Texas at Arlington Transatlantic History PhD program, specializing in Native American and Colonial Latin American History, with a special focus on first contact along the upper Rio Grande Valley and contestation of space, religion, and politics in the region.

Evelio Flores is of Coahuiltecan /Mexican descent, a pipe carrier, Sundancer, and currently leads Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli (Heart of the Warrior) Aztec Dance group. He co-founded Kalpulli Tonalpilli (Temple of Precious Sun) Native American Church in 2005 as a means of practicing and preserving the cultural traditions of the Indigenous Ancestors. He has spoken at TCU, including presenting on "Kinetic Prayer - Dance as Medicine" during TCU's 4th annual Native American and Indigenous Peoples Day symposium.

Resources

Uncovering the True History of Thanksgiving (Indian Country Today, Aug. 29, 2016)

Do American Indians celebrate Thanksgiving? (National Museum of the American Indian, Nov. 26, 2019; the brief video embedded about halfway through is very good)

Everyone's history matters: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known (National Museum of the American Indian, Nov. 22, 2017)

Here are a few websites on Thanksgiving as a National Day of Mourning and how that movement started in 1970:

http://www.uaine.org/ 

https://www.mayflower400uk.org/education/who-were-the-pilgrims/2019/july/the-story-of-thanksgiving-and-the-national-day-of-mourning/

http://www.uaine.org/suppressed_speech.htm

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