A Thanksgiving Song

Happy belated Thanksgiving and thanks to ukulelehunt for this song that proves the jumping flea’s ability to make any subject matter sound cheerful.  The artist calls herself “Ukebucket.”

Sautauthig and a First/Last Celebration of Cooperation



The harvest feast- now known as the “first Thanksgiving”- between the Wampanoags and the English settlers at Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1621, was a brief celebration of unity.

Sautauthig, a Wampanoag dish, was likely served at the feast. The measured recipe was originally at plimothplantation.org but has since been removed. An unmeasured, perhaps more authentic recipe:



dry samp

dried, crushed blueberries

optional: milk, salt, butter, maple syrup or honey 

Heat water until almost simmering. Add samp while stirring. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add blueberries and stir. 


If desired, add any optional ingredients and stir.