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Thanks But No Thanks-giving: Decolonizing an American Holiday

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00pm to 2:50pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Crater Lake South (145)
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe. In collaboration with the Native American Student Association (NASU), we will focus on ways in which we can continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday.