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“We got over here and planted crops too late, ended up taking some things from the Indians and felt bad about it,” McKaskle said. “If it weren’t for the Wampanoag Indians, (who showed pilgrims how to plant crops), we might not have survived.”

University of Louisiana at Monroe professor Roger Carpenter, a specialist in Native American history, said the first Thanksgiving in 1621 was a multi-day feast held the fall after the pilgrims arrived in America and made contact with an Indian named Squanto.

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