The Evolving Narrative for Thanksgiving

The Evolving Narrative for Thanksgiving

TurkeyIn public relations, the narrative determines how a particular set of facts are perceived. Over the years, the narrative for Thanksgiving has been evolving, but seems to be changing more today than ever. There is greater emphasis on indigenous culture and the impact of European expansion on Native Americans. Some of the myths associated with the holiday are being scraped away as new archaeological research uncovers more details about the period, the foods, the tensions and the alliances. Some think Thanksgiving began in Massachusetts and others in Virginia. Schools are annually faced with addressing Thanksgiving and textbooks are beginning to change to reflect our new understanding and way different cultures see the story. Here are some examples what different schools are doing in different areas of the country. But at its core, Thanksgiving is a modern opportunity to give thanks for what we have as a family and as a nation. That part of the narrative hasn’t changed.