Lebanon, OR, November 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Bringing mainstream Americans and American Indians together in a spirit of kindness and historical honesty is the ambitious objective of a new year-round holiday hobby movement being spearheaded by newcomer, 3 Sun Thanksgiving. After company founder, Carrie Franzwa, came face to face some years ago with her own family’s lack of awareness concerning early Plimoth history, and the third-world plight of American Indians living on-reservation today, Franzwa was compelled to instigate a national holiday change for the better.
The spark for change was ignited in 2007 when Thanksgiving boredom prompted Franzwa to attempt setting a historically accurate table for her family. Finding no historical how-to resources existing for American home makers, and finding the Renaissance English and Wampanoag cultures to be of more interest than the stereotypes she had always known, Franzwa began in 2008 to compile the country’s first living history how-to hand-book for the holiday.
It was during her two-plus years of research that Franzwa says she came to understand the impact of America’s collective unawareness of our history. “I could see that collective forgetfulness, along with catch-22 circumstances, were perpetuating the suffering of those who sustained the greatest losses in our history. The cultural lack of concern for the endless poverty of our First Peoples just didn’t look like the compassionate America I believed us to be,” said Franzwa. “I began to feel that the disassociated Thanksgiving rituals of over-eating, football, and next day Christmas shopping were running rough-shawed over the greater potentials for honesty, melting-pot pride, and compassionate mutuality.”
Franzwa published her book in 2009, and then began the work of planning for marketing on a starving artist’s budget. Launching a company website, 3SunThanksgiving.com, in August of this year, Franzwa is hoping to connect with church, school, and other community groups throughout the U.S. to introduce them to her year-round living history and humanitarian concept for Thanksgiving. “I am teaching unity through holiday play,” said Franzwa.
While the 3 Sun Thanksgiving concept is a radical departure from tradition, Franzwa has high hopes that it will, in time, knit Americans together as the country begins to reciprocate the miracle of cross-cultural kindness once shown to the English by the Wampanoag in 1621 Plimoth. Franzwa asserts, “The Wampanoag offered a hand up, not a hand out, which is the true and rightful spirit of Thanksgiving.”
Through website sales of her hobby book Franzwa is raising funds to open Grameen America micro-lending facilities on destitute Indian reservations. Grameen won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for their world-wide work in financing the business start-ups of the truly destitute.
Carrie Franzwa is a veteran home school educator, public speaker, and the author of seven K-8 education titles, three of which are specific to Thanksgiving history. The 3 Sun Thanksgiving movement and website, 3SunThanksgiving.com, is an offshoot project of LetsPlayHistory.org, and is supported in part through a marketing partnership with Total Media Source out of Harrison, Ohio.