It’s been more than 400 years since the first Thanksgiving, and there is a lot we are still learning about that time. Just prior to the Pilgrims’ arrival, a plague decimated New England’s coastal Native American population, altering the course of colonialism. This is the story of the Great Dying and of how tribal leaders are learning from the past as they deal with the effects of today’s pandemic.
Support for Surviving New England's Great Dying is provided by The Butler Foundation
A moderated a conversation with documentary producers.
Chris Parsons explains how some communities are affected differently by pandemics.
Paula Peters describes how colonialism might have been altered by the Great Dying.
Paula Peters reminds us that indigenous people are still strong and thriving.
Owen Stanwood explains why it's important to know the full story of Thanksgiving.
David Weeden describes how indigenous history was taught to him.
Owen Stanwood explains how colonialism affected the plague.
Paula Peters explains the history of the Mashpee plantation.
Jade Luiz reflects on how dealing with COVID helps us understand history of disease better
Owen Stanwood explains the scope of the Great Dying by comparing it to COVID.
Just prior to the Pilgrims' arrival, a plague decimated coastal Native American population