Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. We honor and raise awareness of these remarkable peoples’ histories, stories, contributions, traditions, and cultures. This month allows us to educate others about the various challenges faced by the Native Americans in the past and present. #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth

Read more about the history of this celebration here.

Don’t forget to join us and speaker Katelyn Lucas, a Tribal Historic Preservation Assistant for Delaware Nation, for History of the Lenape People: The Past and Present of Indigenous Peoples, Monday, November 29, 6:30 PM. RSVP here.

Children’s Recommends

Native Voices Book Picks
Our expert librarians have selected some great picks. Grab a blanket and curl up on the couch with these great selections!

View our full Indigenous Voices for Children & Tweens reading list here.

Bowwow powwow : bagosenjige-niimi’idim

Brenda J. Child; translated by Gordon Jourdain; illustrated by Jonathan Thunder.

When Uncle and Windy Girl attend a powwow, Windy watches the dancers and listens to the singers. She eats tasty food and joins family and friends around the campfire. Read more.

We are grateful. Otsaliheliga

Traci Sorell; Illustrated by Frané Lessac.

Otsaliheliga is a Cherokee word that is used to express gratitude. Journey through the year with a Cherokee family and their tribal nation as they express thanks for celebrations big and small. Read more.

Fry bread: a Native American family story

Kevin Noble Maillard; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.

This book tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Read more.

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Reference Recommends

Our expert librarians have selected some great reads for adults and teens!

Native Voices List- View more selections in our catalog and download the reading list here.

Code Talker

Joseph Bruchac.

ALA winner of Best Books for Young Adults. After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue. Read more.

Winter counts : a novel

David Heska Wanbli Weiden.

When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget.  Read more.

Braiding sweetgrass : indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants

Robin Wall Kimmerer.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise. Read more.