A New Must-Read Thanksgiving Picture Book!
Keepunumuk is a thoughtful Wampanoag folk-tale about Weeâchumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. This is a new picture book honoring the Wampanoag history and tradition of how the newcomers to their land survived.
Most of us celebrate the Pilgrims in the Thanksgiving story, but without the Wampanoag tribe whose land the Pilgrims settled on, the Pilgrims would not have made it through the first winter. And without Weeâchumun, the Wampanoag people wouldn't have helped. Definitely a must read!
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Keepunumuk authors Greendeer, a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag Nation, Perry, a Chickasaw citizen, and Bunten, of the Yu'pik and Unangan peoples, have written a stunning folktale re-imagining events around the Pilgrims' first year. And it gently - with much grace - shares some of the Pilgrims' actions which most of us would find appalling if we really understood what happened. If you want to learn more, read the following:
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