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Traditional and Native American Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Old legendary figures: Coyote and Possum.

Old legendary figures: Coyote and Possum.

Thanksgiving Excitement Continues

A giant magazine advertising campaign was begun and maintained by one woman in 1840. This enterprising person was Sarah Hale, magazine owner, who sent America into a magnificent celebration of a Thanksgiving holiday, even if all elements of the advertisements were not strictly true.

The November holiday is fun and all the excitement seems to have lasted for over nearly 200 years since its inception. Part of that excitement for children and adults alike is coloring holiday images.

We hear complaints of Thanksgiving overshadowed by Christmas advertising before Halloween is even finished, but we can still be positive. Some interesting coloring pages will help families with children maintain some Thanksgiving excitement.

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The headdress pictured above is of the type worn by Plains Native Americans instead of those early settlers met at Plymouth, but the image is still great fun to color

Free Coloring Pages and Fun Activities

At Thanksgiving, let's present additional high quality coloring pages for the kids that picture more about real-life American History than they may have been taught in school.

We know that there were no such things as "pilgrims" at the time, attired all in black, but rather, people that called themselves "saints" and wore brightly colored, though inexpensive clothing. Their fellow travelers on the Mayflower were secular people that the saints called "strangers."

Sarah Hale painted the early Thanksgiving in New England as a more religious observance in her women's magazine, but she helped the Thanksgiving Holiday to become a major feast and even a shopping holiday. All this built business and made people happy.

A tradition emerged of the lower classes in England coming to or, being sent away to, the New World for a better life. Many did find a good life here,. although many died at first.

The saints nearly starved to death the first winter, but the Native American man, Massasoit, and his people from the Wampanoag Nation helped to save them with food and good instruction in agriculture.

First Light

First Light

The Wampanoag's name means People of the First Light.

People of the First Light

The Wampanoag's name means "People of the First Light."

This name might mean a number of things, but these East Coast Native North Americans were some of the first on the continent to see the sun rise each morning, because they were at the eastern edge of the land. Similarly, the Mohawk were known as the "Keepers of the Eastern Gate."

Some of the information about Thanksgiving may be shocking, but it can lead us into forming our own good traditions for an American Thanksgiving Holiday that we can truthfully call our own. People can make their own rules and traditions for holidays, and so it should be.

Some of the free coloring pages offered here originated at the Zwolle Elementary School in Zwolle, Louisiana.

Native American Science Fair

Native American Science Fair

The Birds of Thanksgiving.

In 1621, there were no Modern American Turkeys like the kind that are huge and take only a few to fill up a freezer case in your local grocery store or supermarket.The wild turkeys in our parks today are not fat.

The giant fat turkeys have been bred to produce abundant meat supplies that often sell for extremely low prices with an additional $10 or $50 purchase in November and December.

Amazingly, celery that is $3.00 per bunch the rest of the year also reduces in price. Regardless, there were no fat turkeys and no celery at all at the first feast shared by approximately 150 English "Puritans", other settlers ("Strangers"), and the Wampanoag Nation that sent wild turkeys and deer over after a single man of them invited 90 male tribe members. He believed in his tribal nation;s custom of sharing and invited others and brought most of the food as well.

A variety of wild game birds were abundant in Massachusetts in 1621 and these are the birds that the Native Americans normally consumed after giving thanks to them for helping them to survive by becoming food.

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These wild game birds included pheasants, ducks, geese, quail, ruffed grouse, and wild turkeys as well as a few others. However, pheasants, ducks, and geese made up the majority of the fowl brought to the feast by Massasoit.

These birds, much like the region's abundant and varied fish, grew larger than they do today, because they were not over-hunted and had more food sources for themselves in the 1600s than they do today. As human populations encroached on their living spaces, food sources dwindled and these birds became somewhat smaller as time progressed.

Today, the wild turkey is the official Massachusetts State Game Bird.

Wild turkeys are not fat. These are the turkeys that might have been at the first feast between Native Americans and the English. However, it was probably mostly pheasants and ducks, along with 5 deer. Modern American turkeys are bred to become so fa

Wild turkeys are not fat. These are the turkeys that might have been at the first feast between Native Americans and the English. However, it was probably mostly pheasants and ducks, along with 5 deer. Modern American turkeys are bred to become so fa

Native American Pictographs

Native Americans used these word-pictures to communicate and to tell stories that were handed down from generation to generation.

Native Americans used these word-pictures to communicate and to tell stories that were handed down from generation to generation.

White Tail Deer

White Tail Deer

A White Tail Deer to Color

How to color a white tail deer:

  • Leave these areas white: chin, behind the nose, the belly, and the underside of the tail (this is why this deer is called a White Tail Deer.
  • Antlers are usually a very light brown.
  • All the rest of this deer's hair is light to darker brown. The body is lighter and the back and lower legs tend to be bit darker.

Massasoit and his 90 or so Native American family and friends (called a "band") brought the English settlers 5 large deer for dinner in addition to many wild game birds. The deer were likely white tail deer, native to the area that becaem the State of Massachusetts. Elk and Moose were also abundant in the area in the 1600s and were uses for food as well, after thanks was properly given according to custom.

All parts of these animals were used and nothing at all was wasted. Bones and antlers became weapons and tools, even sewing needles. Hides became clothing and tent/wigwam walls. Each part of the animal found a use.

Other Foods

The Wampanoag also ate beans and squash that they were successful in growing, hunted the black bear and caught a variety of fish in what is now Massasachusetts. The State Fish today is the Atlantic Cod and it might have been consumed by the Wampanoags in the 1600s, but other possibilities, especially inland or fresh water types, include several dozen different varieties of fish.

Native Americans caught fish all over the Western Hemisphere. The coloring page below came from a group of students studying Native Americans in Lousiana.

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© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

Comments

Suzie from Carson City on November 10, 2019:

"Hope".....they say, "Springs Eternal!" My fingers have been crossed for so long, they've melded together.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 10, 2019:

Could there EVER exist two of such a grand prize?

Suzie from Carson City on November 09, 2019:

Mmmmm,,,,,6 foot, muscles, sweet disposition, sense of humor.....& most importantly, Huge numbers in his account and a very VERY generous nature. Oh.....and I'll remember my friend, "Patty." Promise.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 09, 2019:

Happy coloring to you! I do see adults coloring in libraries and coffee shops more and more often. Hmmm what sort of prize would you enjoy? :)

Suzie from Carson City on November 09, 2019:

Patty....What kids?? LOL. I love to color! Have since I sat for hours coloring, as a child. No one was happier than I when "Adult coloring," became a craze. It is totally relaxing and I simply enjoy creating pictures with color! If I color these, do I get a prize?? LOL

Wonderful presentation/education, as always, Patty. Always happy to learn more. Peace, Paula

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 08, 2019:

I'm glad you like these, Patricia! May the Angels never leave your side.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on November 07, 2019:

Sharing these with my friends who home school their children will be my pleasure. My family is of Native American descent so we do appreciate your attention to ways to celebrate them. Angels are on the way this evening ps

PoetikalyAnointed on November 19, 2018:

Hello Patty,

Your Hub is truly Amazing! I've learned so much and I truly appreciate your shared Knowledge! The pictures are just awe-inspiring that I'd color them bad-boys too lol! This is truly a piece of History that should be shared and never forgotten.

Thanks!

chloebaby on April 19, 2010:

I'm still learning how to construct proper hubpages your hubs are very inspiring.

Bima.Purnawan1 from Republic of Indonesia on November 19, 2009:

Thank you for all the research you must do,,

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on November 16, 2009:

Thank you for all the research you must do, . I am fascinated by all the Native American tribes and their beliefs,...

wsp2469 from Alta Loma, Ca on November 12, 2009:

I owe you an apology, Patti. I honestly thought you were nothing but business. You obviously do other things some times. I'm glad to see that.

To be honest, some of your fellow top scorers have some really boring hubs. (I know I'm an @sshole but it's the truth.) I'm glad to see you stretch sometimes!

UPStar on November 05, 2009:

This is wonderful. I love having things for the kids to do and learn. thanksgiving is my favorite holiday!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 25, 2008:

Glad you like this, WhiteOak! - Thanks for visiting. :)

Eva Thomas from Georgia on November 25, 2008:

Fantastic idea!!

Netters from Land of Enchantment - NM on November 24, 2008:

I like it. I think it's a great idea! Thank you.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 23, 2008:

Thanks Earth Angel -- I think these pictures are great for kids without drilling on al the battling that went on. Hope people find it fun!

Earth Angel on November 23, 2008:

LOVE your Hubs Patty!!

Thank you for sharing!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Blessings always, Earth Angel!!