November is Native American Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Pride in Our Heritage. Honor to Our Ancestors.”
Although the first “American Indian Day” was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month, to celebrate the heritage, history, art and traditions of our ancestors.
Use the opportunity to recognize the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S. Celebrate our heritage and our ancestors by:
- Visiting National Museum of The American Indian, or some of the many special exhibitions all over the country in the celebration of the heritage month.
- Listening to Native American music
- Learning about today’s Native Americans
- Making your own totem pole in wood, paper or clay
- Trying out your knowledge about Native Americans in this Native Americans Quiz
- Or simply help teaching children about Native Americans and checking out these great books on the subject, both available on the First Book Marketplace!
By Kathleen Krull and David Diaz
By Carrie Golus