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Connections: What are local students learning about Thanksgiving?

Nov 27, 2019

What are local students learning about Thanksgiving? What’s often published in textbooks and taught in schools is a Euro-centric narrative that oversimplifies or omits the historical record, especially when it comes to atrocities endured by Native American people.

WXXI reporter Noelle Evans talked with local Native Americans and school staff members about Thanksgiving education. This hour, we talk about what she learned, and our guests discuss how to decolonize the Thanksgiving narrative. In studio:

  • Noelle Evans, reporter for WXXI News
  • Peter Jemison, historic site manager for Ganondagan
  • Amerique Wilson, library media specialist at Roberto Clemente School 8
  • Stephen LaMorte, executive director of social studies and community service learning at the Rochester City School District