The green beans in New England are ready for harvesting. Time for another story from the late Princess Redwing, recorded in 1981, about the third Thanksgiving in the Native American calendar to give thanks for the green bean.
This past year, we’ve been listening to a cycle of Native American Thanksgiving legends told by the late Princess Redwing. Here she is in a recording made in Arcadia, Rhode Island in 1981, telling the story of the Strawberry Thanksgiving.
Last November, we heard a portion of a 1981 interview with Princess Redwing, which told about the first Thanksgiving from the Native American point of view. In this excerpt, the late Princess Redwing, who passed away a few years after this interview, explains about the first Thanksgiving of the year for the Native Americans of the northeast.
Today is Thanksgiving Day, which was for the Native Americans who helped the Pilgrims one of a cycle of five Thanksgiving festivals. The late Princess Redwing, who you will hear on this 1991 interview, was a well known storyteller throughout New England. Here is her account of the first Thanksgiving.