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Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Ways to Celebrate!
November marks National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The following are just a few suggested ways to commemorate the day.

      NAMH_1491.png   Read a book about American Indian history
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. A look at science, history, and archeology to provide a balanced, more accurate view of America, its indigenous populations, and their contributions prior to European settlement.

Attend a lacrosse game at a local high school or college
Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stick ball games played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Lacrosse may have developed as early as the 12th century in the Americas, and played a significant role in tribal community and spiritual life. Originally these games, many of which lasted for days and included as many as 100 people rotating to play on each team, were said to have been played to give thanks to the Creator.


     nahm_woundedknee.png  Watch a film about or starring American Indians...
such as Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007). Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a chronicle of how American Indians were displaced as the U.S. expanded west. Based on the book by Dee Brown.



Try a new recipe
From Sweet Potato Soup to Posole with Red Chile, these delicious recipes use traditional ingredients that can easily be found at your local grocery store. We want to share these recipes, not only because they taste good, but because we hope they will give you an added appreciation for the contributions made by Native Americans to our national cuisine.
(click to view recipes)





Read The Story of Tisquantum (Squanto)
Schoolchildren learn the story of Squanto, a Patuxet who helped the Pilgrims survive their first New England winter. But few Americans know the details of Squanto's life. Read more...