When we think of Thanksgiving we have a certain meal in mind.   Usually it consists of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, rolls, and pies.  There are usually other things in the mix as well, but that is a stereotypical American Turkey Day.

Our students, who are Americans as well, have a very different view of Thanksgiving.  They often share a community meal at the local school or church.  Have you ever had muktuk (whale), dry fish, caribou stew, seal oil, or aguduck (eskimo icecream) at your Thanksgiving Dinner?  For our students, these are some of their Thanksgiving staples. 

As I have been helping plan a Thanksgiving dinner for our students, I have been reminded afresh of how a simple meal like Thanksgiving has different connotations even for Americans.  Just some food for thought. :)

 


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