So much depends upon November. The deepening chill, the afternoon darkness stretching into long nights, the scent of pumpkin spice wafting (over everything, especially if you find yourself in a Trader Joe’s), the sight of rain-flattened, brightly colored leaves on asphalt, the cornucopias and turkeys (or Tofurkies), the promise-threat of family, and the chance to celebrate that uniquely North American holiday—Thanksgiving.
One of the most important takeaways from my experience talking about Thanksgiving in the classroom from a Native Studies perspective is the importance of talking about Thanksgiving. You don’t have to be a humanities instructor to initiate a conversation with your students about this most American of holidays. Even in a math or chemistry classroom, you have to do deal with the scheduling disruptions of Thanksgiving week. Why not also use this as time to reach out engage your students in a conversation about the significance of T-day? And you don’t have to do it without resources.