It was a time of plague and pestilence when frontiersmen reached out to new peoples in an act of trust.
And it is the best of America, its Thanksgiving Day.
Clouded in myth from what I can see there are two main contenders.
The 1619 religious feast on the English Puritans’ arrival in Berkeley Hundred, Virginia.
And the 1621 shared harvest meal between the settlers in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the Native American Wampanoag people.
The indigenous people had helped the incomers get through the previous harsh winters.
The feast is akin to a Christmas meal with roast turkey the centrepiece.
And didn’t we all see the turkey get a pardon at the White House last week?… they’re coming back for the bird today.
But while you may go for turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, and cranberry sauce if you want to be really authentic then here’s how to party like it’s 1621.
Walk like a Puritan
And If you want to walk like a Puritan then you need to get your hands on waterfowl, venison, lobsters, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin snd squash.
Now because Thanksgiving is a celebration of Settler and Native-American unity, a fairly rare occurrence these 500 years let’s focus on the First Nations.
And other than getting out on a reservation (and I will) their representative body and my pals, AIANTA are the folks to go to for everything you need to know.
The pipes of peace: In Denver
The American story belongs to all those who have settled, been settled or resettled including more than a couple of Murtys and McNultys (my Mum’s people).
While not all got out to the Wild West, I did, as did Buffalo Bill Cody and his Plainsmen. Chief Sitting Bull was already there.
Wild West Road Trip
My friends at American Holidays know the way already.
And they are offering a Road Trip through Wyoming and my fave Colorado, who both claim Buffalo Bill’s bones, the two Dakotas, Montana and Utah.
All from €1499. They’ll give you 15 days RV rental with unlimited mileage, flights from Dublin to Denver and return from Salt Lake City.
With two nights in Mile High City, Denver, before your trip.
Buffalo Bill’s graveyard: Golden, Colorado
You’ll also get a Vehicle Provisioning Kit of cookware, crockery and utensils.
And personal kits for four people – bath towels, pillows and bedding.
And maybe in the spirit of Thanksgiving leave room for some lobster, venison, waterfowl and pumpkins.