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The First Thanksgiving, Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

The First Thanksgiving, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, circa 1912 to 1915 (public domain image via Wikimedia Commons)

It’s a lovely image, isn’t it? Two disparate peoples coming together to celebrate the harvest. The painting is full of inaccuracies in both the costume and manner of Native Americans and the English settlers. The Pilgrims didn’t wear black, and the Wampanoag did not wear elaborate feather headdresses and would not have been sitting on the ground. Also the Wampanoag should outnumber the settlers almost two to one.

Yet art is not about historical accuracy. In this case, the artist is trying to convey the ideals of peace and fellowship. So, join me at English Historical Fiction Authors for more of what the first Thanksgiving really might have been like.

Source: “Let’s talk turkey: 5 myths about the Thanksgiving holiday,” Wicked Local Cape Cod

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