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A Thanksgiving eel

3 minutes

Why the turkey should make room for the eel on the Thanksgiving table

There are a great many common misconceptions about the ‘first Thanksgiving’ – not the least of which is the menu. But according to the US writer, artist and noted eel expert James Prosek, eels likely would have been prominent on the plates of the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag people who attended that meal at Plymouth Plantation in 1621. Inspired by Prosek’s writing on the subject and a general lack of interest in traditional Thanksgiving fare, the US animator Drew Christie created the lighthearted short video A Thanksgiving Eel, which considers whether it’s possible or practical for the eel to make a Thanksgiving comeback.

Video by Drew Christie

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