DCAEYC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month



November is Native American Heritage Month, which recognizes the achievements and contributions of Native Americans. It also celebrates the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native people. The seeds for this month long celebration harken back to 1916 when New York celebrated the first American Indian Day. This followed an effort by Red Fox James, a member of the Blackfeet Nation, who rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Native Americans. Although he got endorsements from 24 state governments, there is no record of a national day being proclaimed. A national celebration was finally established in 1990 when President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”


Book Suggestions:

- First Laugh – Welcome, Baby! by by Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo Flood, and Jonathan Nelson; Recommended for ages 2 – 5

- Rabbit's Snow Dance by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac, illustrated by Jeff Newman; Recommended for ages 3 - 5

- We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac; Recommended for ages 3 – 7

- At the Mountain's Base by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre; Recommended for ages 4 – 8

- Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Gary Kelley; Recommended for ages 5 - 8

- Go Show the World by Wab Kinew, illustrated by Joe Morse; Recommended for ages 5 - 9

- Priscilla and the Hollyhocks by Anne Broyles, illustrated by Anna Alter; Recommended for ages 6 - 9


Online Resources:

https://www.pbs.org/specials/native-american-heritage-month/

https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/for-teachers/

https://www.teachervision.com/holidays/native-american-heritage-month

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/collections/teaching-content/native-american-heritage-0/

http://www.ala.org/aboutala/indigenous-tribes-washington-dc



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