As for that first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims were a bunch of incompetent religious nerds, trying to go to Virginia, got lost, ended up in Massachusetts just as the frigid New England winter was setting in. These incompetents had no idea how to survive and would have all died out if the Wampanoag Tribe had not helped them build shelters and showed them how to grow local foods
After they had survived one year, the Pilgrims decided to hold a feast of Thanksgiving, to thank god, not the Wampanoag who had actually saved them. They did not intend to invite the Indigenous Americans who had saved their sorry asses.
The Wampanoag tribe members saw them out hunting with their pathetic lack of skills, and invited themselves to the feat. Shocked at how little the Pilgrims had, the Wampanoag brought a bounteous feast of waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, squash and unspecified fowl (no specific mention of turkey), as described in a letter from Pilgrim Edward Winslow, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.
The Pilgrims would soon betray them with the first rounds of genocide.
Many surviving Wampanoag descendants today remember Thanksgiving the way the Jews remember the Holocaust (Shoah).
Indigenous Americans standing on shore watching the first European ships arriving must have had an ominous sense of foreboding. They should have built the damn wall!
Darrin Bell and Theron Heir