The Thanksgiving Play

What Would Crazy Horse Do?

In "The Thanksgiving Play," a group of well-intentioned white teaching artists scramble to create an ambitious “woke” Thanksgiving pageant. Despite their eager efforts to put on the most culturally sensitive show possible, it quickly becomes clear that even those with good intentions can be undone by their own blind spots. In "What Would Crazy Horse Do?" twins Calvin and Journey, the last two members of the Marahotah tribe, make a suicide pact to end the Marahotah when the grandfather who raised them dies. Then two white strangers knock on their door and the insular world of the twins is ripped wide open.


Larissa FastHorse is a professor of practice in the Department of English and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University.

Praise for this book

A timely meditation on the dangers of nationalism tinged with a sad irony as seen through the filter of a Native American lens.

Alan Portner Broadway World

Wryly funny… Deftly makes points that need making about representation and, to borrow a line from 'Hamilton,' the crucial matter of ‘who tells your story.’

Don Aucoin Boston Globe