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The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Monday, June 05, 2006
Those Pilgrims Knew How to Party!
Maybe the Canadians have it right:

The feast happened; it lasted for days. The participants consisted of about 50 colonists and 100 Pokanoket Indians. It seems to have taken place not in November but in late September or October; we don't know about turkeys, only that the men went "fowling." One reason this feast became fixed in our collective memory is due to an accident of timing: the description of it is found in an account of doings in the colony — written probably by Edward Winslow and William Bradford — that was sent back to England; the ship carrying it sailed in the late fall, so that the narrative ends with the pleasant event, giving readers —then and later— a sense of hope and promise.

--from a review of Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick in the New York Times