Trucksgiving (Trucktown Ready-to-Roll)
A reader writes to me about Jon Scieszka's TRUCKSGIVING
Max is everything you would expect a monster truck to be. Especially ACTIVE! He is oversized, jacked up, and nitro-boosted to the MAX! He's always getting his wild self into trouble and it's a good thing he's got friends like Jack and Dan to help him along the way.
Comment: Reese seems to think the "Indian" trucks are some sort of proto-AIM activists. They're taking a principled stand against the first Thanksgiving. Disrupting it because they know it's a harbinger of the European invasions to come.
Maybe, but why would Trucksgiving portray the "Indians" as wild men and outlaws? You don't have to be nasty or "nitro-boosted" to protest injustice. Look at Jesus, Gandhi, King, or Mandela. They acted as thoughtful men of peace, not as angry hooligans.
Trucksgiving promotes American myth
Without having read Trucksgiving, I'd suggest a different interpretation. The book seems to recapitulate the standard US mythology. The Pilgrims came to America to "do good." The first Thanksgiving was their way of thanking God for giving them a new home. With all the land and resources
The Indians didn't organize the feast as one of their traditional harvest celebrations. Rather, they were a minor factor at the white Christian event. They disrupted it because they were primitive, savage, wild--not capable of acting civilized. Like undisciplined brats, they threw a tantrum.
This is the traditional version of US history in miniature. Good Europeans brought civilization to the untamed wilderness. Bad Indians opposed them. Eventually the forces of God and light defeated those of superstition and darkness.
In other words, the Euro-Christian adults punished the unruly savage "children" for being uncooperative. The Indians got what they deserved for not doing as they were told. Instead of
For more on the subject, see Teabaggers Lie About Thanksgiving and How Thanksgiving Went National.