Saturday, November 22


I was posting a comment on someone else's blog and thought I'd share it here. Seems time appropriate.

We did the first Thanksgiving as a research report and it is interesting to see all the errors we have grown up to believe. One example of a falsely is that the Indians were invited to the feast. They heard gunshots from the English hunting and came to scope out if it was war-- that's why only men were there. The Indians later finding out it wasn't war, had the wives and kids come a few days later.

The famous painting of the Indians and the settlers at a long table filled with food have the Indians painted wearing the wrong kind of clothes for their tribe.

And the Wompanog Indians (I know I'm spelling it wrong...)are the same tribe that later killed that missionary...shucks, I can't remember his name...The movie End of the Spear was made after him. Anyway, had they not been wiped out by some sort of plague, when the pilgrims landed on the new land, the Wompanog would have massacred them...


Sharon Brumfield said...

Jim Elliot?...I may have my movies mixed up.
And you are right it is amazing how many things get twisted to fit into our traditions.

Linda said...

Hi...I thought I should share with you that it was the Auca indians in Ecuador, South America who killed the missionaries: Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Pete Fleming & Ed McCully. If you would like to read an excellent book that tells the missionaries' stories, I would suggest: "Through Gates of Splendor" by Elisabeth Elliot. It is excellent and really had an impact on me when I read it over 35 years ago.

try2bAsunbeam said...

Thank-you Linda for the correction. While they have different names, it is my understand ing that the tribes were related somehow or that they were the same type of Indians...I'm no scholar and my memory is poor...I know that I read that they were the same Indian tribe...


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