Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Cole’s Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day or Mourning on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
Many Native Americans do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and other European settlers. To them, Thanksgiving Day is a reminder of the genocide of millions of their people, the theft of their lands, and the relentless assault on their cultures.
Participants in National Day or Mourning honor Native ancestors and the struggles of Native peoples to survive today. It is a day of remembrance and spiritual connection as well as a protest of the racism and oppression which Native Americans continue to experience.
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Native Americans to hold annual observances atop Cole’s Hill Thursday
Since 1970, native Americans and their supporters have gathered at noon on Thanksgiving Day atop Cole’s Hill to commemorate a National Day of Mourning. Participants do not celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims. They mourn the genocide of their people, the theft of their land and the assault on their culture. Participants honor native ancestors and the struggles of native people to survive in a day of remembrance, spiritual connection and protest.
48th National Day of Mourning
Noon, Thursday, Nov. 23
Atop Cole’s Hill on the Plymouth waterfront
Native Americans and their supporters have been commemorating a National Day of Mourning atop Cole’s Hill in Plymouth since 1970. Participants honor native ancestors and the struggles of native people to survive in a day of remembrance, spiritual connection and protest.
This year’s National Day of Mourning is dedicated to relatives, including those in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and in Mexico who are devastated by hurricanes, climate destruction and earthquakes.
The National Day of Mourning includes speeches and a march through downtown Plymouth. A potluck social follows.
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