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HOW EDUCATORS AND PARENTS ARE TALKING WITH KIDS ABOUT THE REAL STORY OF THANKSGIVING
BY ZOE GREENBERG GLOBE STAFF
November 25, 2020, 8:33 p.m.
The Parents Diversity Council in Bedford, a volunteer group made up of parents whose children attend schools in the town, convened a book club to read “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People,” with the hope that parents could learn and share with their children.
Kelly Korenak, the secretary of the council, read the book and learned about land acknowledgement, a statement of who lived on the land and who was displaced from it. She also learned about an app called “Native Land,” which allows people to look up historic and present-day indigenous territories. When they arrive in a new place, Korenak said, her 7-year-old is eager to open it.
“Mom, where are we?” he asks her. “Whose land is this?”