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October 21, 2020 60 min
Thanksgiving is one of the biggest holidays in the United States, forming a time honoured tradition where families come together over a turkey feast and give thanks for all the blessings they’ve received over the past year. The innocuous story told to generations of Americans is of the bold, pioneering settlers welcoming indigenous people to a celebratory feast to honour a successful harvest in Plymouth Colony,1621. However this conventional account which is propagated each year has been fabricated from sketchy historical details and a softening of context for the purpose of political expediency. In this episode we explore two main aspects of Thanksgiving; the traditional myth with its glaring inaccuracies and also the duplicity surrounding the modern version in relation to consumerism. We ask, should we be thankful each day or revisit gratitude on an annual basis? Are we marking the changing equinox or have we regressed to a dehumanized spectacle of modern materialism?
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