Every year, on the fourth Thursday of November, the United States celebrates Thanksgiving.
The national holiday – one of the busiest travel periods in the US – is a time for families across the country to gather for a traditional meal of roasted turkey, squash, corn, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie.
In popular legend, the Thanksgiving feast can be traced back to a friendly gathering about 400 years ago between English Pilgrims – settlers who travelled on board the Mayflower ship – and Native Americans at Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts.
But for the Indigenous people who had called the area home for at least 12,000 years, the arrival of the British settlers led to plague, genocide and intergenerational trauma that persists to this day.
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