The spirit of Thanksgiving...
November 19, 2004 10:26 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for something, a poem, painting or photograph perhaps, to inspire a moment of reflection prior to the Thanksgiving festivities. Something to acknowledge how the traditions of Thanksgiving help cover a disturbing history.

It should be a poem, photo, painting or similar because such works can be taken in immediately and considered by each individual as they see fit. I don't want to lecture my guests.

I was thinking there must be some artwork that draws parallels between the history of Native Americans and the more recent history of groups in the 20th century. That might be interesting.
posted by stuart_s to Religion & Philosophy (4 answers total)
Response by poster: Oh. I know about the Burroughs poem. I'm looking for something family friendly. No swearing. But feel free to suggest anything. I'm keeping my options open.
posted by stuart_s at 10:35 PM on November 19, 2004

It's OK to like Norman Rockwell.
posted by RavinDave at 12:08 AM on November 20, 2004

Maybe this. Or a combination with this.
posted by taz at 1:54 AM on November 20, 2004

This image is thought-provoking, to me.

"Thanksgiving comes to us out of the prehistoric dimness, universal to all ages and all faiths. At whatever straws we must grasp, there is always a time for gratitude and new beginnings." (J. Robert Moskin)

"From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no man lives forever,
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea."
posted by naomi at 9:05 AM on November 20, 2004

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