Thanksgiving – San Francisco-Style

Photo courtesy of Wikipedia of painting,"Freedom from Want," by Norman Rockwell

I love Thanksgiving. I remember singing, “Over the river and through the woods…” in 4th grade, and seeing the Norman Rockwell painting with the grandparents bringing the turkey to the table for the whole family.
That is a nice fantasy.

The real story about our national holiday includesthe history of how we all, as the original immigrants, treated the natives, the Indians who were in America, over time. In the 1960s, the relationship between American Indian tribes and the United States government was being questioned. The story of the Indian occupation of Alcatraz served to forever change the course of Indian affairs for our country.

Here is good overview of what the Indian occupation meant:

Today we can celebrate the Norman Rockwell-style Thanksgiving along with the “Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering at Alcatraz.” This one day event on Thanksgiving day commemorates the 1969-1971 occupation of Alcatraz by the “Indians of All Tribes.” This sunrise celebration includes traditional Native American dancing, singing, and other performances. Boats leave Pier 33 every 15 minutes between 4:45am and 6am and tickets are $14 per person, kids under 5 are free. Get tickets by calling 415-981-7625.

If you feel the need for some exercise to get ready for your bountiful meal, the San Francisco Turkey Trot might be just the thing. You can choose the 5-mile Turkey Trail Trot, or the 3-mile Pilgrim Promenade, or the 100 meters Kids Gobbler Chase. All courses start and end at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park. And this year, your participation promotes the sport of running and youth athletics, specifically the Lowell High School Track & Field Team.

Happy Turkey Day,