The word for turkey in Hebrew is "hodu".
Hodu in Hebrew means "thank you".
We know this from the prayer "Hodu LaShem ki tov".
הודו לה' כי טוב
In Hebrew, the holiday Thanks Giving is translated to "Hag ha Hodaya", the holiday of thanks.
So, now we can see that the Turkey - Hodu has symbolic meaning for Thanks.
Hodu = Thanks = Turkey
Were the Native American "indians" a lost Jewish tribe? ;-)
Celebrated last weekend of the month...is Thanksgiving dinner really a hidden Kiddush?