Is Thaksgiving Offensive?, Trivia Facts, & New Chef Cooks the Traditional Native Way

We begin today with the question tribal members ask every year, is celebrating Thanksgiving offensive to Native Americans? Of course we all know the war which was waged against Natives in the centuries following colonization, but should that affect the yearly dinner with family? Or does the spirit of the holiday, being thankful for what we have today and having a tasty meal fit for an ancient king overcome past harms? This is one topic discussed today on the 30 minute Puyallup Native Radio Podcast, which you can download right now using this link.

We then go over some interesting Thanksgiving trivia facts, like how Thanksgiving became a national holiday to begin with, and why is it held on a Thursday anyhow? Why do we use turkey, when it wasn’t even at the first Thanksgiving, and did you know that Canada celebrated thanksgiving in 1578, even before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock?

In the second segment, we highlight the new executive chef working for the National Museum of the American Indian, Freddie Bitsoie. Freddie is a Navajo native, and he will be cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year for about 1000 guests, and he’ll be doing it the Native way! He is far less concerned with promoting actual Native traditional foods, and instead is focusing on methods of preparation and cooking styles. He believes in pulling back on what we consider Native foods, progressing to be more simple but still providing a very complex flavor.

Finally, people keep throwing pennies at Benjamin Franklin’s grave, and now there’s a crack in his stone which has officials looking for a million pennies to get it fixed. Then, just for fun, the top 5 signs your pet turkey knows Thanksgiving is coming. No, I’m not going to spoil the joke here, listen to the show if you are interested in hearing.

That is the show for this week, click here to download the full audio file, and listen to more STIMULATING Native talk radio. Share the show with your friends and other natives on Facebook! We also appreciate getting reviews about the show, which you can leave via the website or on iTunes.

Cliff and Brandon are both registered members of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and host the Tribal Podcast each and every week with all our past episodes available online at They talk about native issues in the news and anything of interest to Native Americans! See you all next week!

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