Pilgrims, Indians break bread at city schools

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 2004

One little, two little, three little Indians - and a few pilgrims, too.

Third-graders at Whitwell and Kingsbury elementaries this week reenacted the first Thanksgiving, as only children could.

Dressed as either pilgrims or Indians, teachers told the story of the first Thanksgiving before the children sat down to plates of turkey and all the trimmings.

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The feast is an annual tradition at Whitwell, a new event for Kingsbury. It serves both as a lesson on the holiday and on thankfulness.

As Kingsbury children gathered for their feast Friday, some were reflective about their blessings.Hunter Davis said he was thankful for his education, as his teachers will be happy to know. Classmate Andy Osborne said he was thankful for his family, and for food.

Would their meal resemble the food on the tables at that first Thanksgiving? What did the pilgrims and their Native American friends eat?

"Corn," Isaiah Bare answered. Savannah Carr thought corn would have been on the table, then, too, as well as "mashed potatoes, and turkey and I forget what else."

What were those pilgrims like?

"Pilgrims shoot turkeys," Hunter stated. "And they visited Indians. Pilgrims built the Mayflower and they built log cabins. The Indians wanted to eat turkey. They wore headbands and didn't they speak their own language?"

Saige Fields said simply, "They gave thanks."