Squanto. Courageous. Generous. Kind. His fate was to be separated from his tribe and family. His destiny was to save a nation. In 1620, when a British ship called the Mayflower arrived on the shore of what would be Plymouth, the settlers were not prepared for the struggles to come. Without the friendship of Squanto, who taught the newcomers the ways of the land and the animals, and how to survivie in this rugged place they now called home, the colony would not have survived. When autumn came, their hard work produced a bountiful harvest, and the two peoples came together to feast in the spirit of brotherhood--a feast we still celebrate today.
In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket people, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive in the rugged land they called Plymouth. He showed them how to plant corn, beans, and squash, and how to hunt and fish. And when a good harvest was gathered in the fall, the two peoples feasted together in the spirit of peace and brotherhood.
Almost four hundred years later, the tradition continues. . . .
JOSEPH BRUCHAC is a poet, storyteller, and author of more than sixty books for children and adults who has received many literary honors, including the American Book Award and the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He is of Abenaki and Slovak heritage, and lives in Greenfield Center, New York.
Greg Shed is the illustrator of many children's books for children including Squanto's Journey, by Joseph Bruchac, and Dandelions by Eve Bunting. He lives in San Diego, California.
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