Thanksgiving – Day of Fasting.

I’m always up for some party or another. The laughs, getting together and of course the free munchies and such. Thanksgiving is such a party, although, it’s Thanksgiving everyday to some extent. After a certain age, I figure you better be pretty darn thankful for just waking up – heehee.

On that day there’s a huge parade. When we were youngsters and had a little battery powered TV, we would save the juice so we could watch the annual Macy’s day parade. There is the usual football hoopla. I don’t watch much sports and so I don’t really care to sit around and yell at a TV. Also the annual Taos Pueblo Headstart Pow Wow event used to be a huge party.

Of course in between is the food. I don’t eat much turkey these days. I guess it’s not my choice of meat, although, you might say, “I am a legg man..” heehee. Oh yeah, don’t forget the insanity of BLACK FRIDAY.

This year I will be alone. I figure I will do my own spiritual protest. I will fast all day, ride my Appaloosa to the hills and contemplate life.

This is my reason why. It may not be for the faint of heart but read on if you like my gravy.

I did a bit of research on this day we call “THANKSGIVING.”

In the old, olden times in England, “thats over there.” (lip point), there was word and stories going around in the pubs of paradise, just a short little boat ride across the Atlantic, no rules, no fences, just a bunch of land for the taken; So curiosity got the best of some of them Puritans with there drab dark cloths they jumped the boats for a better land a land of freedom, they began arriving by the boat loads. There were some battles with the native inhabitants, however, they were doing what Puritans do best, doing their God given right to rule.

“…In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours, the sleeping village was surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside.  Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.”

How do you like that pecan pie?

“Victory” “Justified” “Proud” they cheered for their bravery. The colonists along with their allies attacked village after village. Women and children over 14 were sold into slavery while the rest were murdered. In the name of God, blessed by their God, they loaded boats with as many as 500 slaves that regularly left the ports of New England.

Bounties were paid for Indian scalps to encourage as many deaths as possible.

Following an especially successful raid against the Pequot in what is now  Stamford, Connecticut, the churches announced a second day of “Thanksgiving” to celebrate victory over the heathen savages.  During the feasting, the hacked off heads of Natives were kicked through the streets like soccer balls.  Even the friendly Wampanoag did not escape the madness. Their chief was beheaded, and his head impaled on a pole in Plymouth, Massachusetts — where it remained on display for 24 years.

The killings became more and more frenzied, with days of Thanksgiving feasts being held after each successful massacre. George Washington finally suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set aside instead of celebrating each and every massacre. Later Abraham Lincoln decreed Thanksgiving Day to be a legal national holiday during the Civil War — on the same day he ordered troops to march against the starving Dakota in Minnesota…” The Real Story of Thanksgiving—Susan Bates

Have we learned anything?

I mean I like the 4 P’s – party, parade, pumpkin pie just as much as the next man, however, this story doesn’t have quite the same warm-fuzzy feelings that we so have been ingrained with as the one where the Indians and Pilgrims are all sitting down together at the big feast sharing the turkey and such.
we need to learn our true history so that it wont be repeated, The sad fact is we still know our history and we’re still repeating it elsewhere across another ocean where there are no fences to hold us in and we will do our God given right.

This is why I will fast and be in the hills contemplating while most of you will be on your third helping watching the half time commercials. Join me in  solidarity in your own way. Find a place where you feel a connection to the spirits and walk the land for a few hours.

Maybe this Thanksgiving when you’re gathered around the table with your loved ones to Thank God for all your blessings, you will set out a plate for those that we will never know and for those that fought for the survival of culture.

Blessings on this glorious day of Thanks-Giving.

Mirabal-man cluck cluck…

29 thoughts on “Thanksgiving – Day of Fasting.”

  1. I am so glad you brought this up, Robert. A part of history little known, but this is why I choose not to celebrate. Being of Wampanoag heritage, it is difficult to indulge. Every day is a day of Thanks to be alive, to be able to ride a swift horse, and drink in the wind coming off the peaks. Maybe I’ll see you out there in the mountains, for I am taking my best horse and riding the hills–just me, my horse, Earth, and sky. Perfect day.
    Happy Thanks for Every Day

  2. I have known about the true history of Thanksgiving for some time now so I choose to focus on being grateful for friends and family. Many of our friends live far from family, as we do, so we gather together as an extended family. We will walk along the Chama, chat with each other and enjoy the beauty of nature with folks we like and respect then go share a potluck feast of favorite dishes. I will fill a plate for those gone – but not forgotten. Thanks for your thoughts, Robert!

  3. I like that ‘happy thanks for every day’. In deed. I appreciate too the cultural perspective. How can we proceed as a multicultural/pluralistic society with so much injustice past, so much injustice present? This is a delicate negotiation – a human calculation.

  4. The past, the present, and the future
    walked into a bar (or Thanksgiving feast).
    It was tense. What then must we do? No, no.
    What now must we do?

  5. The gift you bring to this planet Robert Mirabal, is the gift of being able to share a painful history with a loving and compassionate heart.

    My heart is filled to the brim with gratitude for the warriors that are working with us, from the angelic realms. The relatives that walked in to the line of fire, reclaiming their universal and heavenly positions. I am thankful that they keep volunteering down here and have not given up on this little blue planet with so much beauty.

    We are the rainbow tribe of light. Thank you for all the healing work you do this day and all days. Thank you for staying with the light.

  6. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (my hubby always calls it Thanks Taking) We get together for a nice meal on New Year’s eve with friends and family instead.

  7. Robert,
    Thank you for educating us all, & sharing the truth. I have known that the real story was NOT being told. We need to correct the history books so our children will be educated with truth not lies. I used to do a demonstration at my kids elementary school every year at Thanksgiving. I would take our families tribal (Kiowa)relics to show & share to the children. I spoke of our local plains tribes. I did this since my 20 & 15 yr old son’s started school there, 14 years ago. The more I learned how the “indian’s” were really treated, I would share this with children too. I would not be detailed about the battle’s & move to Ft Sill, OK Indian Territory. I have not been asked to do it in 2 years. Guess the truth hurt a predominantly rich, white school. The students started asking questions& no one had an answer because they were told a lies too.
    Enjoy your solitude. I envy you. I would much rather be riding horseback in my beloved Palo Duro.

  8. Mirabal Man,

    I cannot go into the past to right the wrongs from before, I can only do my best now. As a child I wept because of the horrors that had been perpetrated upon Indians in this country. (And I only knew a little of the truth at that time.) My parents raised me to have compassion for people and animals. Even before they told me to imagine how the animal or person felt, I was sharing my toys with kids and loving towards animals. For me, cultural differences are to be celebrated, as long as they do no harm to women, children, or people who are different than they are. I have hope for the future, even though there are people who are ready to harm our environment, people, or animals without regard to the delicate balance and nature of life.

    I am not against eating meat, however I believe that the animals which give so much to us should have a dignified life, and should be thanked for their sacrifice. Their bones and skin should be utilized as well to honor them. I believe that in order to respect the animals that become our food, they should be able to live where they do not have to stand knee deep in their own feces (they need space to move and enjoy their life) , they should be fed their natural diet, not gmo products. And please big agra, do not make cows eat chickens. They are herbivores, not omnivores or carnivores. Grass feed cows will have less problems with tainted meat than those feed gmo corn, soy or beets.

    The past few years have been harder on my family than any time before that. Health effects income, which makes a hard spiral to overcome. Our personal income is lower than ever, and it will take creativity to overcome the hardships. I find that focus on the people and things to be thankful for and not giving up are keys to success. (Also realizing that nobody is perfect, and accepting a couple flaws in myself and others makes life more bearable.)

    Here is a quote that I heard at a workshop that mentioned if we nurture friendships and business partners that it will go better :

    “You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” Zig Ziglar.

    Personally I never got into football, however when I was very young, I remember at Grandma Caroline’s house, she would always watch the parade. Thanksgiving was always a tradition of being thankful and celebrating with family, we did not dwell on the myth that the pilgrims and Indians had a better relationship than they had.

    May we be able to heal the pain from our ancestors and make a better day today and this day forward. I think that compassion, caring, and getting to know people will help to overcome bigotry, hatred, and cruelty. I admit that there are some who will not see that their negativity harms themselves, and they may need to be confronted or not allowed around innocent souls. As one who believes in reincarnation, I see rebirth as a chance for people to be more loving and kind in this lifetime than they were in a past life.

    May we all take the time to forgive ourselves for our past mistakes, and may we have the courage to do what is right between ourselves and creator. May we find ways to honor love, beauty, all life, and mother earth.

    Be kind to one another, for we know not what battle the other person faces. May music, beauty, nature, solitude, animals, and hugs help bring comfort and healing to any who is suffering.

    compassion to all,

  9. When I read this account I first become sicken at how anyone could do such a horrible thing…Not once, twice or all the times . To actually massacure all ages of people…
    I am not proud of my people…i am very ashamed of them…and it breaks my heart that i must remain white. while my heart says I am of a bronze skinned people…
    I know there are NDNs today that are good and bad. Just as the Waschu is not all good or all bad. But the good must overcome the evil.
    I will have Thanksgiving at my brothers but I will not be celebrating the founding of the Amerikas….I will be celebrating and thanking my Creator for the beautiful Mother Earth, the skies, and all the animals and fish and birds…for people like you and for my family…

    Ride well and see the visions and hear the calls tomorrow Mr Robert Marabal……As one to another, I love you , dear Friend…

  10. It is important to know the truth of our history, unfortunately history is written by the vanquishers. If you think about the history of homo-sapiens there is nothing but butchering and blood shed. Some groups worse than others. I believe that is the nature of mankind and women kind to think their way is better. I thought homo-sapiens were slowly evolving but it seems even in this country we are going backwards.
    It is also in the nature of us Homo-saps the quest for power and it bowls the innocent over.(reminds me of a quote I think from Ben Franklin-Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely)
    Thanksgiving never meant the founding of America to me. To me it meant the start of time off and getting to see family and friends and of course the food. As I get older I have found I don’t really like turkey nor pumpkin pie (love pecans but the pie is too sweet.) I’d be happy to eat a pie made of mash potatoes,gravy,corn bread stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce. We now brine a turkey breast. and I reflect on all the things I am thankful for.
    I am thankful for the love of family and having the same friends for forty plus years which makes them family. I am thankful for my collection of music.In my I Tunes library I have 20.7 days of music.
    Thanksgiving day is also the day I official start playing Christmas music. Did you all know that Seth McFarland has a Christmas Album

  11. I think you are maybe caught up in the BS playing out in social media and news outlets with the racial cards being thrown around. I don’t in any way celebrate Thanksgiving that has to do with Puritans and Indians, Natives. I celebrate this day as a time with my family that lives far away and hunting, and my grand babies watching me cook and clean and get on the floor in my apron getting distracted by them to deal with the meal. Forget the symbolism and get on to celebrating the Thankfulness that we are still here on this beautiful earth – living and breathing and appreciation of our lives at the moment. i love you Robert.

  12. Connie,

    there is a very strong possibility that we (you and I and any who feels a strong connection to that which is native) were native in a past life. So many perished at cruel hands, I believe that in order for us to come back to Mother Earth in a new life, many of us had to pick a non native body to live this in this lifetime. (I think of our bodies as a home we live in while on this plane of existence or “this world” as the Hopi’s probably would say.) I actually have some memories of two lives when my skin was darker and I was native to Turtle Island.

    Blessings to you and all who read this.

    p.s. I have learned that there are several types of fasting, some options are to keep our attention on spiritual or contemplative ideas, to refrain from certain kinds of food (example no sweets, no gmo’s, no junk food, another kind of fast is one where only water or juice are consumed during the fast. In some cultures, it is no food or water during daylight hours… Considering that some people are diabetic these days, I would suggest that it could be dangerous for some to refrain from eating, however they could do a spiritual kind of fast, like remembering all that they are thankful, or to see each person as the spiritual being that they truly are, or another kind of spiritual fasting is to feel yourself raising your consciousness or awareness every time you walk through a doorway.

    May we all find a connection to our compassionate spiritual self.

  13. Thanks for writing about these truths, they should never be forgotten, thank you for the words you weave …
    Hope to read about your insights gained

  14. The truth of history IS ugly. Being from east coast people, I know the sick history of what was done. Glad that you’ve shared it here so those that don’t know may be enlightened. May you and your horse be enjoying your time in the mountains. I wish I were out on the rez in solitude today–I’m grateful that although I’m far away, I only need close mybeyes, and I can be back there; walking out to the bluffs, with the rez pups ready and waiting for me to flush – out rabbits along the trail.

  15. Hi Robert thank you so very much for your clear and much needed sharing. Yes, i have felt this way for many years now, ignoring the day of “thanks giving” which seemed to be a day of real misguided information. It warms my Soul to know that more people are being made aware and hopefully this confusion will be brought to the Light so that healing and understanding can bring acknowledgment to what really was. With great respect to you. peace

  16. Robert –
    I was alone most of today with the exception of a couple of hours spent with my friend, Marie Reyna at her father’s house. For several reasons, I haven’t been big on celebrating many of the so-called holidays as they are for the most part church related or related to some commercialized greed-driven society.
    I have my relationship with the Creator and I thank the Creator every day for my opportunity to get up and be on Mother Earth, to have friends and family and to be able to live here with all this beauty around us.
    I wish I could go riding – I used to when I had horses in Texas. I would go out real early in the morning and ride until I couldn’t ride any further and have some real conversations with Creator along the way. It was my escape to a peaceful place that had nothing to do with my everyday life. Sometimes I would just drop the reins and let my mare, Liberty, run, taking in the wind and cleansing myself of all my cares. Those were the days. I have no horses now but I still would like to ride sometimes, just to feel the wind in my hair and face. Enjoy your peacefulness and your fast. Many blessings to you, Robert, and thanks for sharing with me.
    PS Sometimes one has to wonder – who is really the animal – Man? And some claim we are superior – BS. Thanks again.

  17. Thank you Robert and others for Sharing,

    God is NOW! Love is NOW! Peace is NOW!

    Blessings and gratitude to all, Wayne Huber

  18. I am hearing the ‘call’ to go out and walk the land…to hear the Creator with clarity…to be with Mother…and to be truly grateful…I will do so.
    Many blessings, Robert.

  19. Thanks for the historical insight, Robert, you are truly a blessing to those of us that want to know the truth about the Native culture and the history of our country. Keep blogging, my friend! May the Creator bless you abundantly and give you peace.

  20. Mirabal Man,

    this morning in my dream, I remember seeing a facebook posting of pictures of you with Spirit and Connan up on a mountain.

    Yesterday I saw a couple different takes on Thanksgiving from other natives as well.

    Here is a link to the perspective of the first Thanksgiving “celebration of green corn festival” from the Wampanoag’s viewpoint (They were the tribe that were near that first group of colonists on that first “Thanksgiving”) :

    I have permission from Don Williams (an East coast native) to quote him here:
    “I know the history of the real meaning behind Thanksgiving…
    However, I have many Blessings from the Creator and things to be thankful for, and part of that includes the survival of my ancestors… For if they had not survived, I would not be here.
    I do mourn and send prayers for all those who were butchered and massacred at the hands of the invaders, but I also am thankful for my ancestors survival and breeding, because that led to the creation of me…
    I am thankful to the Creator that I am here.
    I am thankful that I had a wonderful childhood, led by amazing parents and accompanied by incredible and totally different siblings…
    I am thankful for understanding that I walk in all worlds.
    I am thankful for the teachings that I am coming in to at this time in my life.
    I am thankful for the AMAZING people whom I have met along the way.
    I am thankful for understanding that there are many things left for me to learn.
    May everyone have a day filled with many Blessings, Joy, Happiness, Love, Laughter, Light and the ability to show Compassion, Forgiveness and to accept the Healing of the Heart and Spirit that Creator has blessed each and every one of us with.
    Love & HUGS” – D.W.

    I personally had a very low key Thanksgiving, One friend and I shared a meal. The only other people who came over being those who have already ridden to the spirit world. My dad, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, too many cousins whose life was too short, the father of my children, the best friend of the father of my children who passed back in 1986 a couple days before my Birthday, teachers, mentors, and classmates. Also my friend’s mom who passed when my friend was ten years old, many of my friend’s classmates, my friend’s first born child that did not survive a month, all of my friend’s grandparents, some of my friend’s aunts and uncles, as well as my friend’s brother who was like a son to my friend (who’s passing was extra traumatic because my friend helped put that brother’s body in the body bag from the side of the road where he had passed from a car accident caused by a drunk driver.)

    Very true, every day is a day to be thankful,
    and as a motivational speaker said on a radio show last night, It is helpful to look at each situation and say, “I wonder what good is going to come from this.” What we look for is often what we find, if we look for our shortcomings, that is what we see, if we look for our blessings, that is what we see. We all have a choice in how we look at life and if we choose to be happy, angry, thankful, or sad.

    May all who read this find the blessings in their own life,
    compassion to all,

  21. Thank you for yet another eye opener about how the Native Americans were used and abused bythe people who invaded this land and took it over. It is my hope that in our lifetime all Native Americans will truly be respected for who they are. I love your music, Robert, and look forward to anything new you produce. BLESS YOU.

  22. Hello Robert,

    Thank you for always being genuine.

    I too spent the holiday differently this year. I try and be grateful as much as I can. There are days that I forget to thank my loving Father for everything he has given and saved me from. I agree it should be a constant state of mind so to speak.

    Yes our world is getting so much smaller and I think some of us have learned from the past but many have not….

    But still I Hope…

    Be safe,

  23. Robert, I honor and respect your approach to this ‘holiday,’ and the words you write to share your thoughts While awareness is paramount, so we never again allow these types of crimes and tragedy, we must work to awaken people as well. When we harm one, we harm all. May we all keep love in our hearts and strength in our spirit, shining light for others to see! Many blessings wished for all. Sending peace, love and light.

  24. Gratitude is what i feel to know the historic truth so that i can share an even greater pride for my Cherokee ancestors and what they also endured because of white man and his chronic historic greed…medicinehst1962

  25. Blessings to you this day. My heart breaks with the truth. It is a day of remembrance for me. A good day for a ride my friend.

  26. Thank you for sharing this story. I pray it is retold and retold until the truth is known. I too, did not celebrate the holiday. Celebrating the suffering of so many, human and other, makes no sense. I spent the day with my horses in the Rockies.

  27. Robert,
    Thank you for this post. It was a needed reminder! I also went to what Susan Bates wrote and found a great deal of helpful information to share with my 5 and 6 year old students. It also made me do more investigation. You are great at bringing the truth forward.
    With love and great respect for you and all Native American People.

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