I don't think that you need to get into the scalping of pioneers, but I do think it is important to have children learn that originally Native Americans were called Indians and how that came to be and why we now call them Native Americans. I also think that there are movies that show them as being mean and killers of the White Man. So I think it is necessary for teachers to explain that initially everyone did get along which was the reason for the Native Americans to be invited to the feast. You don't dwell on the fact that as western expansion came to be, they were no longer "friends," but it should be addressed-just not in explicit detail. In my classroom, I have had Native Americans and I have had members of the local tribe come to the school, join in our feast and perform Native American dances. They never objected to the dressing up of the students.
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