Native American Heritage Month 2023

10.30.23

This November, we honor the first inhabitants of this land.

Over 12,000 years ago, the nomadic ancestors of modern Native Americans journeyed from Asia, laying the foundation for a rich mosaic of cultures, traditions, and histories. Native Americans have experienced incredible triumphs, adapted to vast changes, and faced immense challenges from early migrations to modern struggles. National Native American Heritage Month invites us to celebrate these intricate legacies, recognize the persistent challenges faced by Native people, and celebrate their invaluable contributions throughout history.

Read more at: 

Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

Native American Cultures - Facts, Regions & Tribes

Native American Life Today

Facts for Features: American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month: November 2023


A Conversation With Native Americans on Race

Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Brian Young, write this about the work:

"What does it mean to be a Native American today? In our latest installment of The Times’s Conversation on Race project, we set out to include as many perspectives on native identity as possible.

And there are many perspectives indeed....While there are naturally nuances to everyone’s personal story, we saw a profound universality in their experiences. No matter who you are, if you are Native American, your opinions and experiences are marginalized to the point of invisibility in American society and culture. This project presents an opportunity to express some of the deeper debates that shape the journey shared by many Native Americans to personal liberation.

One pervasive theme that emerged was the struggle of not feeling “native enough.” There were a number of reasons for this, from imposed ideas of not having enough native blood to not having a stereotypical Indian look. But as one of our interviewees asked, What does being not native enough even mean? We are still contemplating."

Explore some reflection questions here

What is in a Name

It is important to understand the language used to describe the original inhabitants of a particular region, as it reflects both historical contexts and personal identities. The term "Indigenous" has gained popularity, and it is essential to clarify its implications, particularly in relation to phrases like "Native American" and "American Indian." Explore the nuanced meanings of these terms, examine their usage contexts, and learn the importance of respecting personal preference and recognize the rich tapestry of Indigenous cultures worldwide.

Explore these Resources: 

What's in a Name

Distinguishing between Native American and Indian: The Key Differences Explained

Native American vs. American Indian: Which Is Preferred?

Native American vs Indigenous: Understanding the Difference

What Does Indigenous Mean? Definition, How to Use It, and More

A Journey Through Arts & Culture

Explore the complex tapestry of Native American arts and culture, where dance and music intertwine as powerful expressions of history, identity, and resilience. These vibrant art forms have been both a battleground and beacon for indigenous communities, from sacred ceremonies suppressed by colonization to contemporary celebrations that honor ancestral traditions. Discover the sacred and social dimensions of these dances and spotlight their role in preserving and proclaiming the rich heritage and profound spirit of Native American peoples.

Explore these resources:

Native American Dance Tradition - [Podcast]

“We don’t want your rations. We want this dance”: Native American Dance and The Battleground for Native Identity

Circle of Dance

Experience America’s Largest Powwow | Short Film Showcase [Video]

Spotlight: Understanding Health Equity

Health equity is crucial for ensuring the well-being of all members of society. However, Native Americans face significant health disparities, which can be traced back to centuries of colonization, discrimination, and systemic issues. Factors like climate change, gender violence, and encroachments on indigenous lands further exacerbate these health challenges. The widespread violence against indigenous people highlights the need to address these health disparities and inequities head-on.

Explore these Resources: 

How prejudice affects official search for missing Indigenous women, other women of color [Video]

American Indian Health Disparities

Understanding Indigenous Communities to Support Their Health Needs

Health Equity in Indian Country

Indigenous Health Equity – Urban Indian Health Institute

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men


Explore Local Events & Activities

Welcome to a Native Place Wednesday, November 1, 2023, 1:00 – 1:30 PM EDT

Guided Gallery Tours Friday, November 3, 2023, 1:30 – 2:15 PM EDT

November First Fridays (Native Heritage) Foreign Affairs Social Mixer Friday, November 3, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00pm EDT

ANA Native American Heritage Month Featured Speaker: Dr. Karina Walters presents “Watering the Seeds of AI/AN Ancestral Love and Wisdom to Create Healthful Families and Generations” Friday, November 3, 2023, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EDT

Native Knowledge 360° and Teaching for Change Virtual Teach-In: Indigenous Education Saturday, November 4, 2023, 12:00 – 3:00 PM EDT

Culture Queen Kids Hour: Native American Heritage Party Saturday, November 4, 2023, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT

Artist Raven Chacon in Concert and Conversation Saturday, November 4, 2023, 2:00 – 5:00 PM EDT

Cooking Up History: Revitalizing Indigenous Food Knowledge and Healthier Ecosystems with Mariah Gladstone Saturday, November 4, 2023, 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

Kinship”: An Artist Talk with Anna Tsouhlarakis Saturday, Saturday, November 4, 2023, 3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT

“Portrait of an Indigenous Womxn [Removed]” by Anna Tsouhlarakis Sunday, November 5, 2023, 1:00 – 3:00 PM EST

Art and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Crisis Monday, November 6, 2023, 4 - 7pm EST

White House Tribal Youth Forum November 6, 2023 | 8:45 AM - 5:20 PM EST

Welcome to a Native Place Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 1:00 – 1:30 PM EST

Charly Lowry: Lumbee-Tuscarora Singer and Songwriter Thursday, November 9, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

ANA Native American Heritage Month Featured Speaker: Diane Wilson presents “Seeds & Stories” Thursday, November 9, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

Meet & Greet: Ashley Minner Friday, November 10, 2023, 2:00 PM EST

Honoring Native Veterans Saturday, November 11, 2023, 10 AM – 5:30 PM EDT

Film Screening: "Bad Press" Monday, November 14, 2023, 2:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Bad Press: Q&A with Rebecca Landsberry Monday, November 14, 2023, 4:15 PM EST

Maker Month: Preservation of Craft at Heurich House Museum Friday, November 17, 2023, 5:00 - 8:00 PM EST

47th Annual Pow Wow Saturday, November 18, 2023, 11am - 7pm EST

ANA Native American Heritage Month Featured Speaker: Dr. Melissa Lewis Monday, November 20, 2023, 1:00 PM EST

Beading with Heather Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 4:00 PM EST

2023 White House Native Youth Summit November 27 (Exact Time: Watch the livestream)

Protecting our Planet, Protecting our Children: An Indigenous Vision for Intergenerational Health Symposium Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM EST

ANA Native American Heritage Month Featured Speaker: Rowen White presents “Restoring Kinship Networks and Resiliency Through Indigenous Seed Sovereignty Thursday, November 30, 2023, 1:00 PM EST


National Indigenous People's Day 2023 Page

Explore The 2022 Native American Heritage Month Page


Meet the 2023 Planning Committee

Malcolm Williams, Senior Client Relations Manager; Rebecca Ritter, Senior Communications Specialist; Jessie Reed, Community Health Volunteer (Baltimore Corps); Arie Hayre-Somuah, REI Health Specialist; Adedoyin Eisape, REI Program Manager

 

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