Thanksgiving. It's the all-American holiday. A day of repose, a time to gather and reflect and celebrate violence by watching football.
Thanksgiving's origins date back nearly four centuries. The Puritans would order Indian takeout and beat each other senseless with wooden clubs once a year. President Abraham Lincoln would later make it a national holiday during the Civil War as a way to mock the hungry rebels down the road. Killing each other and eating too much while proclaiming that we are, in fact “No. 1,” is something we as a nation love to do. It is our raison d'être.
It is important while eating the aforementioned turkey and stuffing to also remember an important movement in American art. Thanksgiving, while arguably the most delicious of all holidays, also spawned what is arguably the most homegrown of American art forms: the turkey hand drawing.
The turkey hand drawing, or THD, is a latecomer to the Thanksgiving tradition, but is no less important. Some say Jackson Pollock invented it in 1953 during his much-celebrated finger-painting phase. Others credit its invention to the original inhabitants of North America—a few petroglyphs do seem to evoke a certain “hand turkeyness.” No one really knows.
The THD is at once a symbol of American individualism and something that every single school kid does. No two people have the same hand, yet most of us have four fingers and a thumb. We are simultaneously dissimilar and the same. No other art form captures the spirit of America so perfectly.
Send your THDs to email@example.com. I’d love to see them and will post the most interesting ones on alibi.com. Have fun. Be creative.