Friday, November 22, 2013

November is Native American Heritage Month

 On display now in the library, take a look at some books highlighting Native American history and culture during Native American Heritage Month. Though a few of these books discuss Thanksgiving and the interactions between Native Americans and the Mayflower colonists, others discuss the history of Native American tribes in other parts of the U.S. and Native Americans today.

For more information about Native American heritage, check out the collections online at these sites.
  • Native American Heritage Month 2013: A collaboration between the Library of Congress and several other national organizations, this site brings together online collections of images, documents, and videos that illustrate Native American history and culture.
  • ALIC Indians/Native Americans: Links to National Parks sites, legal and cultural documents, and digital collections related to Native Americans from the National Archives.
  • National Museum of the American Indian: Take a look at some of the exhibits at or coming to this Smithsonian museum, and check out some of the lectures they've posted to their YouTube page.
Or, go offline and check out some local museums.
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: Exhibits explore the history of the Pequot, other local tribes, and Native Americans across the U.S. The museum's collections include both historical cultural objects and contemporary art.
  • Plimoth Plantation: The Wampanoag Homesite is staffed entirely by Native People from the Wampanoag and other tribes. Though the interpreters in the English Village are role players, the interpreters in the Wampanoag Homesite discuss history from a modern perspective. If you're curious about how the Wampanoags and Pilgrims became associated with Thanksgiving, check out this history of the holiday and read primary sources describing the shared meal.