Native American Heritage Month

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by learning about the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Indigenous peoples. There are currently 574 federally recognized tribes, each with their distinct identities and customs. Explore these resources to honor the historical and present-day contributions of Native communities. 

Recognize whose land you’re on 

Use Native Land Map to identify the tribal lands you’re living on. Palo Alto is located on the traditional territory of:

Join us for Family Storytimes 

Tune in on Facebook Live, opens a new window for storytimes celebrating Native American Heritage Month:

  • Friday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m 
  • Tuesday, November 9 at 11:00 a.m.

Expand your knowledge through reading

Winners of the 2020 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award
Recipients of the 2020 American Indian Library Association's Youth Literature Award


Recommended resources:

Separate facts from myths 

Take a virtual field trip 

Listen to Native music 

Check out these podcasts 

  • All My Relations Podcast: Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) discuss topics facing Native Americans today.  
  • Métis in Space Podcast: Two Métis women, Molly Swain and Chelsea Vowel, drink wine and analyze sci-fi movies and TV through a decolonial lens. 
  • Media Indigena: Host Rick Harp provides a weekly discussion of Indigenous current affairs in North America. 
  • Toasted Sister Podcast: Host Andi Murphy discusses Indigenous cuisine with Native chefs and foodies. 

Watch a documentary or film

  • Native Cinema Showcase: An annual celebration of the best in Native film happening November 12–18
  • Molly of Denali: Follows the adventures of a 10-year old Alaska Native girl, her family, dog, and friends. It is also the first U.S. cartoon series to feature Indigenous leads 
  • Kanopy: Documentaries and American Indian Film Festival award winners available for streaming with your library card

Explore Native foods and recipes 

-Doris Chen, Librarian at Mitchell Park Library | Follow @dochn on Bibliocommons 


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