Keepunumuk: Weeachumun's Thanksgiving Story

by Danielle Greendeer, Anthony Perry, and Alexis Bunten, illustrated by Garry Meeches Sr. tells the story of the first Thanksgiving from the perspective of the Wampanoag tribe, the Native Americans who already lived on the land the pilgrims arrived in. Melding Wampanoag culture and language with history, the book shows N8hkumuhs, a contemporary Wampanoag grandmother, planting corn (weeâchumun), beans, and squash, also known as the Three Sisters in her garden. As she does so, she tells her grandchildren about the story of the first Thanksgiving, which is known among the Wampanoag as Keepunumuk, a time of harvest. As N8hkumuhs explains, the European newcomers struggled during their first winter and the Wampanoag gave their assistance by helping them to fish and plant weeâchumun. However, historical backmatter in the book also notes that, for the Wampanoag, the first Thanksgiving is remembered as a day of mourning, because of the disease and war brought by the European settlers. An informative, thoughtful book that centers on the Wampanoag perspective and experience. (Holiday Books)