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This Land is Their Land: A Conversation with David Silverman and David Vanderhoop around the Troubled History and Pervasive Myths around Thanksgiving – Virtual Event

November 17, 2020 @ 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Join historian David Silverman and Aquinnah Wampanoag tribal elder David Vanderhoop in a conversation on Zoom around the myth of Thanksgiving and how it fits into broader misconceptions of our country and its Indigenous history. Please come prepared for an evening of uncomfortable truths that are long overdue given the theft, oppression, and exploitation of Indigenous America that continues to the present day.

David Vanderhoop, Aquinnah Wampanoag, was born and raised on the island of Noepe, currently known as Martha’s Vineyard. David co-founded Sassafras Earth Education, a non-profit organization located on Wampanoag ancestral lands. David has organized and facilitated webinars and conferences on topics like decolonization, truth in history, cultural appropriation, racism, and acknowledging the role of first people in outdoor education and beyond. David is recognized in his Wampanoag community as a leader and holder of Wampanoag history, knowledge, and legends.

David J. Silverman is Professor of History at George Washington University. He is the author of several books on Native American, colonial American, and American racial history, including “This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving” and “Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent Transformation of Native America.” He is the recent recipient of the William Hickling Prescott Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, given by the Massachusetts branch of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. His essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and the Daily Beast.

Museum members and Island school teachers: Free – Please register here.
Non-members: $10 – Please purchase tickets here.


November 17, 2020
10:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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