On Thanksgiving, and the teaching thereof to kids|
I'm not sure what popular version you're contrasting with the "What Really Happened" account you linked to.
The account in 1491 supports the popular version I know, giving more details and motives. The Wapanoags did teach the English how to survive, fish as fertilizer and all. The English were grateful and did invite them to share their party. Peaceful relations had gone on before the Mayflower arrived, and in 1621 there was a treaty that made peace and alliance for at least 50 years.
It's nice to get the details of the Wampanoag motives for this befriending the English (as allies against other tribes). The invitation was impromptu, after the Indians showed up to find out about the gunfire. That just makes the basic facts of that party more believable.
Have you read the English letter that our popular version is based on? I usually post some notes about all this at my LJ around 'Thanksgiving' time, will try to get to it.