Pictured: Joy Harjo, Muscogee (Creek), current Poet Laureate of the United States
November is Native American Heritage Month. It was declared on August 3, 1990 by former President George H. W. Bush under the name "National American Indian Heritage Month," but is commonly known by its other name.
The "first sponsor of 'American Indian Heritage Month' was through the American Indian Heritage Foundation by the founder Pale Moon Rose, of Cherokee-Seneca descent and an adopted Ojibwa."
Learn about Native American Heritage
Here are some great places on the web to start learning about Native American heritage and native tribes today.
Native American Heritage Month
The official website with educational resources from The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Credo Reference: American Indians Topic Page
A great reference article that gives an overview of the painful history of American colonization and rightly notes that the "original peoples of North America collectively have been called Native Americans, American Indians, or Amerindians. These terms are European American inventions that obscure the diversity of peoples indigenous to the Americas. Members of many tribes, or First Nations, often embrace these terms but prefer their tribal names, such as Nee-Me-Poo (Nez Perce), Anishinabeg (Chippewa), or Tohono O'odham (Papago)."
To browse books and DVDs on native history and tribes, look upstairs in the library starting in the E75 section.
Here are some recommendations:
Native peoples of North America (DVD series)
Cobb, Daniel M., lecturer.; Cobb, Daniel M.; Teaching Company, production company, publisher.; Smithsonian Institution, sponsoring body
Call # E77 .C63 2016