Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November marks the start of Native American Heritage Month, which recognizes the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of indigenous peoples. Here are some ways to celebrate and learn about the richness of Native cultures. Please keep in mind there are currently 574, opens a new window federally recognized tribes, each with their distinct identities and customs.

Use Native Land Map, opens a new window to identify the tribal lands you’re living on. Palo Alto is located on the traditional territory of the Ramaytush Ohlone, opens a new window and Muwekma Ohlone, opens a new window. 

Read books on Native American history and stories by indigenous authors:

2020 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award for Best Picture BookBowwow Powwow

2020 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award for Best Middle Grade BookIndian No More

2020 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award for Best Young Adult BookHearts Unbroken

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Learn the real facts of the first Thanksgiving, opens a new window

 Attend online events:

11/5: Empowering Youth Through Indigenous Stories, opens a new window

11/12: Conversation with Why We Serve Co-Author Alexandra Harris, opens a new window

11/12: On Keeping the Earth: A Live Online Conversation with N. Scott Momaday, opens a new window

11/12: Since the Beginning(s): Native American Oral Traditions & Art , opens a new window

11/14: Indigenous Art Adventures with Lance Cardinal, opens a new window (Family Friendly) 

11/18: Double Take Online: Native Artists Creating during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

11/18–27: Native Cinema Showcase, opens a new window 

11/19: Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future—Indigenous Food Sovereignty, opens a new window

11/19: Native Poets Layli Long Soldier, Mark Turcotte & Tanaya Winder, opens a new window

11/20: INDIGETHANX 2020 with Special Guest Chef Crystal Wahpehpah, opens a new window

11/25: A Thanksgiving Celebration: De-colonizing Food in America, opens a new window

Go on a virtual field trip:

Listen to Native music & podcasts:

Watch a documentary or film featuring Native Americans:

For kids: 

For older viewers: 

Smoke Signals, opens a new window

Reel Injun, opens a new window

The Cherokee Word for Water, opens a new window

Our Spirits Don't Speak English, opens a new window

Alcatraz Is Not An Island, opens a new window

Indian Horse, opens a new window

Te Ata, opens a new window

Explore Native foods and recipes.  

Learn to make frybread, opens a new window, an Iroquois white corn & berry dessert, opens a new window, and more, opens a new window

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen, opens a new window

Original Local, opens a new window

-Doris Chen, Librarian at Mitchell Park Library | Follow @dochn, opens a new window on Bibliocommons

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