Decolonizing Your Thanksgiving Curriculum - Webinar Workshop

Event Date: 
October 20, 2020: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hosting Organization: 
The webinar is offered in partnership UVM Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education, Vermont Learning for the Future, and Shelburne Farms.
Contact Information: 
Audrey Homan at or (802) 656-2641.
Event Description: 


What is Thanksgiving? How did it evolve into the holiday we observe today?

Join us as we dig into primary sources, multiple perspectives and regional resources to co-construct a fuller understanding of the myths and truths of the Thanksgiving story.

Together we will take a critical look at what we know, don’t know, and how we teach about Thanksgiving.

Expect to leave this webinar-workshop with tools, resources and activities you can adapt for your classroom that push us all beyond roast turkey, pumpkin pie, pilgrims and friendly Indians. There is something for every teacher in this webinar, although upper elementary and middle level educators may find the content most appropriate for their practice.


  • Judy Dow, Abenaki educator, artist and activist
  • Aimee Arandia Østensen, professional learning facilitator, Shelburne Farms
  • Emily Hoyler, UVM Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
  • Jeanie Phillips, UVM Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

This webinar is provided at no cost to participants.


Also offered OCTOBER 28, Wednesday, 3:30–5:00PM

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