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Teachers are being made to 'unlearn' racist and 'colonialist' Thanksgiving crafts

Cultural sensitivity experts say that it's inappropriate to have kids make Native American headdresses with feathers for Thanksgiving, according to PBS. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

A report from PBS gave tips on how to avoid racist and outdated stereotypes when teaching the meaning of Thanksgiving, and on the top of the list was Native American headdresses with feathers.

"It completely changed the way I related to feathers."

"When teaching #Thanksgiving, one arts educator considers crafts like dream catchers or headbands with feathers to be inappropriate," PBS tweeted on their official social media account.

"She joins a group of teachers arguing the traditional Thanksgiving narrative is disrespectful to Native Americans," the report explained.

In the video report, educators showed their efforts to undermine the "traditional narratives" of Thanksgiving that they saw as disrespectful to Native Americans.

"Now there is a growing movement to help history teachers unlearn what they themselves were taught," said PBS anchor Judy Woodruff.

"It was very much with a white focus and white presentation and European colonialism," said teacher Diane Wright.

Among the forbidden Thanksgiving crafts are dream-catchers or headbands with feathers, which are now considered "outdated and inappropriate."

"My colleague is Shawnee, and she taught me that feathers are very sacred," said Karen Brown, an arts educator. "She was given one feather by her elder, and she keeps it and brings it out for special ceremonies."

"It completely changed the way I related to feathers. They're not a craft item from the craft store any longer."

To be fair to the other side of the debate, PBS interviewed Roy White, the founder of Truth in Textbooks, who fights against overly politically correct versions of history being taught in many schools.

Here's the video report from PBS against Thanksgiving crafts:

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