Library on Topic: Native American Heritage Month; Celebrating Culture and History
Every November Native American Heritage Month is celebrated to honor the Native Americans that have contributed a lot to improve the character of the nation. We use this month to learn about the diverse cultures, histories, traditions and to spread awareness about the tribes or to educate people about the challenges faced by Native Americans.
Here is a brief timeline of Native American Heritage Month. In 1900 Dr. Arthur C Parker, a Seneca Indian and the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, persuaded the Boy Scouts to observe a day for Native Americans. In 1915, a plan concerning Native American Heritage Month, was approved in the annual Congress of American Indian Association meeting.
Rev. Sherman Coolidge, the president of the American Indian Association, called for the country to formally observe American Indian Day. The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. In 1976, Congress passed a resolution to declare a week for American Indians. The first proclamation for Native American Heritage Month came in 1990 from President George H.W. Bush. In 2009, President Barack Obama proclaimed the month of November as National Native American Heritage Month.
There are many ways to observe this month! Learn about Native Americans rich and diverse history. Learn about our country’s past and how Native Americans have helped America. Learn from the exhibits about Native Americans’ jewelry, customs, and cultures. Travel to see other cultures or watch videos about Native culture.
There are tons in our collection to learn about Native Americans:
- Learn about some ceremonies and celebrations of the Native Americans.
- A volume of interactive hands-on activities, games, and crafts introduces youngsters to the diversity of Native American culture and its role in history.
- Questions and answers present information on the history and culture of various Native American Tribes.
- Describes the arts and culture of Native Americans.
Young Adult Books:
- A collection of eighteen stories and poems by Native American authors presented in comic book format.
- Exams the history, traditional lifestyle, and current situation of the Navajo Indians.
- Describes the duelings of the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, including the rectangular buildings of stone and clay called Pueblo’s underground community rooms known as kivas and cliff dwellings.
- Discussion of the history, culture, and contemporary life of the Apache Indians.
- The story of Lewis and Clark as they travel to the Indian Country.
- The biography of Jim Thorpe.
- Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote Western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him intolerable aberration in the military.
- A veteran hunter helps FBI agent investigate the murder of a young women and a Wyoming Native American Reservation.
- A five-part documentary series about the history of Native Americans in the United States.
- The lives of three highschool seniors living on the Navajo Nation and struggling to shape their identities as both Native Americans and modern Americans.