It is not for lack of festivities of food, family and friends - but the holiday in general just disappoints me.
Being of both European and Native American heritage, I find it distinctly unbalanced that this particular American holiday has been celebrated in ignorance of fact and historical correctness.
|("Homeland" is a colour sketch for a larger painting. This sketch is pen & Ink and watercolour wash on paper.)|
Even the traditional children cut-outs of turkey hands with fingers as feathers, or pilgrim hats in black and Indian headbands of multi-coloured designs are simply being a thing of the past. Why are little things like this forgotten in today's dreary little "politically-correct" school rooms.
A general fear of prejudicial feelings has now erupted in a complete disregard for honouring history. Do we as a nation still not understand what these two cultures were then and how and why they interacted with each other the way they did. Isn't that the true founding of America?
|(The title of this is "Injun Red" and was drawn in conte pencil on canson paper with digitial colour. I chose red as I wanted to convey the emotional response of a dying culture and embattled confusion. Red being blood).|
Is it to deny one culture is to deny another? Because to teach American history once was a sort of propaganda for the European conquerers with a distinctly one-sided tell all of history. But since the rallies of the late 1960s and multi-cultural awareness of the 1970s, there have been voices of disquiet. Culture shouldn't be a bad word, but this has even been caught up in politicos and gleeful law suits of racism running rampant. Culture and history go hand in hand, and in understanding both, shouldn't we celebrate what we can learn from history, rather than rewrite it or remain in ignorance of it?
|(This is a drawing I did many years ago - It was based on a historical photograph of an indian chief. What I wanted to capture was a man losing his way of life. |
His face strikes me as proud, defiant and fearful.)
So, it is at this time of year, and certainly with a grateful spirit in giving thanks to Creator God, that I especially remember the Ancestors for all they gave and achieved and reckoned with to forge a new country or to hold tightly to the birthright of an old one.