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Happy Thanksgiving!

Cherokee Thanksgiving

Unalihelisdi adadolisdi


Thanksgiving Prayer

Ka Unetlanvhi


Dear Lord

Wado gohi iga


Thank you for this day

Wado gohi aniyvwi


Thank you for these folk

Wado gohi al’staidi


Thank you for this meal




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Feast with the Wampanoag

Wampanoag Thanksgiving!

The Wampanoag met the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. The Wampanoag are still around!

Here are a few Wopanaak (Wampanoag) words for thanksgiving:

Nahenan – turkey

Pôhpukun – pumpkin

Wiwáhcum – corn

Wuyôkuhpwu – dine

Pun – potato

Kutápatamuyumun – we thank you

FOOD: nasaump/berry stew, corn cakes, sobaheg/game stew, autumn stew.

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A Thanksgiving treat

Lumbee sweet potato tart

Puree: Boil and mash sweet potatoes. Add butter, brown sugar, and spices. You can use pie crust or biscuit dough. (nowadays busy cooks use canned biscuits or Bisquick) Bake and eat. [my triple grandfather, John Pate, came from Lumbee territory]

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Tiny turkey

My dad, Charles George Suddeth, was a machinist in a Michigan tool and die shop. Thanksgiving eve, employees received frozen turkeys. During the day, someone hid Dale’s turkey, replacing it with a Cornish game hen. After work, Dale opened his box, cussed the boss out, and hurled the Cornish game hen against the wall. Someone produced Dale’s turkey just before his blood pressure blew a gasket.

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1909 barn dance, Pea Ridge, KY. Sam Short tunes the banjos. Annie and Walter Short frailed them. Little Ovie Short jigged. 1976: Sam tuned the 80-year-old banjo. Annie played “Mule skinner blues.” 1956 photo of Walter and Annie.


She strummed and laughed,

She sang and played,

Her music bubbled,

Rambled and ran,

Down hollers and hills.

Her banjo knew well,

Her songs and chords,

The paddlewheel steamboats,

The mean-eyed gamblers,

The whiskey drinkers,

The high flying dancers,

And white-veiled brides.

Annie is no more,

Her banjo vanished,

Their stories forgotten,

Gone downstream.

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Pilgrims didn’t win!

The Wampanoag met the Pilgrims and survived!

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe (federal 300 acres) 3,000, Mashpee, Cape Cod.

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (federal 485 acres)1,000, Aguinnah, Martha’s Vineyard.

Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe (state) Plymouth –this group literally met the Pilgrims.

Assawompsett-Nemasket Band of Wampanoags (state) Fall River, Massachusetts

Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe (Pokonoket) (state)

[6 other groups] 500 Wampanoag still speak their language!

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King Uther Pendragon

Youngest son of King Constantine III of Brittania. After the death of his father and his older brother, Aurelius Ambrosius, Uther becomes King of Cornwall. Beholding a dragon-shaped comet, he calls himself Uther Pendragon, Welsh Uthyr Bendragon. Uther marries Igraine who gives birth to King Arthur. The rest is legend and history.

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Camelot’s favorite food!

The court at Camelot enjoyed Cornish Squab Pie—it contained no squab. Layers: bottom mutton chops, sliced apples/brown sugar, onions/spices, currants/spices, mutton, lastly apples. Enclosed in crust. Bake and dine! (save some for King Arthur) My 8th great grandma, Marie Southwood Suddeth, was Cornish. (in her day it was Squabble pie)

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The real Avalon!

Avalon (Cornish Isle of Apples) was where the badly wounded King Arthur was taken. Avalon was called Glastonbury Tor by the Anglo-Saxons. Now a hill, it was once surrounded by marshes.


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Merlin had a lover!

Merlin fell in love with Nimueh AKA Lady of the Lake AKA Rhiannon, Welsh goddess queen. She is associated with Excalibur, but the stories never end well. Poor Merlin.

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