Turkey, our national bird of gratitude, carries the seeds for a new world

By Damian Costello
November 21, 2023

The Navajo, or Diné, tell a story of how Turkey saved the People at the ending of one world and beginning of the next. Americans today can learn from this story, and from Turkey herself. It might even change the way we understand Thanksgiving.

The Diné tell of emerging from the earth through successive worlds on their creation journey: Black, Blue, Yellow, and then the current world, White Glittering. Sylvia Jackson provides a version of this story in Amá Sani dóó Achei Baahane, a collection of stories published by the Office of Diné Culture, Language and Community Services.

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