I am certain that I am no better at wishing you, “A Happy Thanksgiving,” than anyone else. I know I am sincere when I am expressing that wish, and I believe most people I know are just as sincere, simply because we all have so much for which we are thankful.
As I remember from grade school days, at Indian Camp School no less, Indian People had a lot to do with the first Thanks Giving. It was the compassion those Indians felt for the Pilgrims in that part of the country that brought out the gratitude of the pilgrims.
Those expressions of compassion and gratitude were expressed by sitting down and sharing food at the end of a harvest season.
The story we were told was that the Pilgrims had experienced a pretty rough time in what to them was a New World. The Pilgrims even acknowledged there was a question of whether or not they would have survived had it not been for the compassion of those New England Indians. They helped the Pilgrims to provide for their families during that difficult and trying period of their history.
The history of Thanksgiving Day has always been associated with, “Great Feasting.” That has always been an expression of gratefulness toward our Creator for giving mankind a good harvest, in a farmer’s field, and in our personal lives. If Great Feasting is the measure of gratitude, then every day could be, should be, and is Thanks Giving for Osages.
We, like most Americans, have a lot for which we are Thankful. I think that being Thankful at Thanks Giving time is a normal state for most Indian People. I know Osages and other Indians express those feelings, not only during this time that is set aside for Giving Thanks. We express those feelings throughout other Seasons of the year.
Who knows, if the Pilgrims would have been saved by Osages all Americans might be gathering with family and friends and eating Meat Pies every fourth Thursday of November.