In stories told by the Dakota people, an evil person always keeps his or her heart in a secret place separate from the body. The hero must find that secret place and destroy the heart in order to stop the evil. I see, in the “First Thanksgiving” story, a hidden Pilgrim heart. The story of that heart is the real tale than needs to be told. What did it hold? Bigotry, hatred, greed, self-righteousness? We have seen the evil that it caused in the 350 years since. Genocide, environmental devastation, poverty, world wars, racism.Where is the hero who will destroy that heart of evil? I believe it must be each of us. Indeed, when I give thanks this Thursday and I cook my native food, I will be thinking of this hidden heart and how my ancestors survived the evil it caused.
Read Jacqueline Keeler’s entire post at Tiyospayenow.
I posted this last Thanksgiving (note that the comments are therefore from a year ago!) but think it’s well worth re-posting so those new to Women’s Space can become acquainted with Keeler’s blog. I love writers who, like Keeler, are able to inspire hope, no matter how disturbing the era of history or issue is that they are writing about.