Join historian David Silverman and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal elder David Vanderhoop in a conversation on Zoom around the myth of Thanksgiving and how it fits into broader misconceptions of our country and its Indigenous history. Please come prepared for an evening of uncomfortable truths that are long overdue given the theft, oppression and exploitation of Indigenous America that continues to the present day.
David Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag, was born and raised on the Island of Noepe, currently known as Martha’s Vineyard. Mr. Vanderhoop co-founded Sassafras Earth Education, a non-profit organization located on Wampanoag ancestral lands. Mr. Vanderhoop has organized and facilitated webinars and conferences on topics like decolonization, truth in history, cultural appropriation, racism and acknowledging the role of first people in outdoor education and beyond. Mr. Vanderhoop is recognized in his Wampanoag community as a leader and holder of Wampanoag history, knowledge and legends.
David J. Silverman is Professor of History at George Washington University. He is the author of several books on Native American, colonial American and American racial history, including This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and Troubled History of Thanksgiving and Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America. He is the recent recipient of the William Hickling Prescott Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, given by the Massachusetts branch of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic and the Daily Beast.
Free to Museum members and Island school teachers – Please register here.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 5:30pm
Martha's Vineyard Museum
151 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568