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Indian country ally Chris Lam, of BuzzFeed, is at it again—this time tackling children’s books about Thanksgiving.

Video: Natives Review Children’s Thanksgiving Storybooks

ICTMN Staff
11/19/15

Indian country ally Chris Lam, of BuzzFeed, is at it again—this time tackling children’s books about Thanksgiving.

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The books presented to the Natives in the video are simple children’s picture books. Some of the books mention how Squanto “helped” the Indians, but none even mention how he was sold into slavery or his escape.

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One book elicited laughs from many of the reviewers. “We’ve got a brown and a pink person here…” one of them says in the video.

That book talks about the pilgrims coming to a “free land.” “F*&%ing free to you,” one of the reviewers commented.

“This land belonged to people… regardless of how you’ve constructed this idea of property,” says another reviewer.

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The reviewers discuss the misrepresentation of how the Natives are dressed and how Natives are often playing supporting roles when it comes to history in educational settings.

“I have a lot of nieces and nephews, and I think about—what are the conversations that are being had in their classrooms about Thanksgiving,” says one of the reviewers in the video, bringing up a valid concern. “Native people are always stuck in this trope and we don’t get to change or evolve.”

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