Minnesota Women's Press: Onigamiising

Excerpt of Onigamiising by Linda LeGarde Grover

Fifty short essays evoke the four seasons of the year, and of life, for the Ojibwe in northeastern Minnesota

As a national holiday, Thanksgiving Day is a commemoration of what in school we used to call “The First Thanksgiving.”

Of course, that was not the first Thanksgiving feast at all. Celebrating the end of the harvest season and giving thanks to the Creator for the blessings of food, and the beauty of the world, and life, and each other, have been part of people’s lives all over the world for more centuries than  any of us can say. Certainly it was a tradition in the lives of the Native people whose kind-heartedness saved the lives of the Pilgrims.


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