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Dan Akee, WWII Veteran, Navajo Code Talker, Diné Nation, talks with members of the Dishchii' Bikoh' Apache Group from Cibecue, Arizona. -- Grand Canyon National Park, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Nov 11, 2021
Brenau Staff

November is Native American Heritage Month and while enjoying the change of seasons, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the rich culture, traditions, history, significant contributions and sacrifices of Native Americans. To celebrate these remarkable people, consider visiting one of these places:

The Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina

Just a two-hour trip north of Gainesville lies the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, North Carolina. There, visitors can explore 13,000 years of Cherokee history at the “Story of the Cherokee” exhibit, witness the Warriors of AniKituhwa perform the Cherokee War Dance and Eagle Tail Dance, and learn about the Cherokee language.

Virtual tour of the National Museum of the American Indian

Dive into the history of Native Americans from the comfort of your couch through the National Museum of the American Indian’s online exhibitions. The museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution group of museums and research centers.

Topics featured in the virtual exhibitions:

  • The history of Native American men and women in the U.S. military
  • The spiritual, cultural and social lives of Native Americans through the lens of dance
  • The story of the horse’s influence on Native American tribes
  • The material and concept of skin as a metaphor for issues of race, representation, as well as personal, historical, and environmental trauma and perseverance
  • A collection of art and history from North, Central, and South America. 
  • The use of Native American images and names without representation
  • Original perspectives from Native American photographers
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Other ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

  • Learn the real history of Native Americans
  • Discuss the truth of the first Thanksgiving
  • Read about contemporary Native Americans (and not just historical indigenous people)
  • Help people understand that there were and are many different Native tribes and cultures
  • Watch videos on traditional Native American storytelling
  • Learn about authentic Native American food and recipes
  • Read the work of Native American authors
  • Support local or online Native-owned business

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