Happy Native American Heritage Month!

November 01, 2021

 

November 1 is the start of Native American Heritage Month and it is an excellent time to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ brilliance, resilience, and cultural and language diversity!


In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we are excited to share with you our partnership with CBS Sports to celebrate Indigenous athletes of the past, present and future. We thank Daisee Francour (Oneida), Cultural Survival Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications, and artist Roger Sosakete Perkins (Akwesasne Mohawk) for their leadership and guidance on co-creating a 60-second animation film, "A Gift from the Haudenosaunee," about Indigenous Peoples in sports, and in particular, the Creator’s game (lacrosse), a gift from the Haudenosaunee. 
 

Francour shares, “Indigenous Peoples have long been misrepresented in mainstream media. We are often portrayed as figments of the past, overly romanticized, or erased completely. As Indigenous Peoples, we fight every day to reclaim our narratives and rectify the misconceptions of how society views or understands our Peoples. It is not our responsibility to right the wrongs of history, and I commend CBS Sports for their commitment to centering Indigenous voices and leadership in this video. I hope other media institutions will follow in their footsteps to build genuine partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and Indigenous organizations to shift the narrative and bring visibility to our communities.” Perkins says, “[It is] such a fantastic and artistic depiction that honors Indigenous People! It sure does promote peace, unity, and sports! Excellent job to everyone! I’m very proud to have been a part of this! Thank you all!”
 

Join us in honoring and acknowledging truth in history, recognizing whose land we are on, and work towards true allyship. Check out this resource list (non-exhaustive) and explore the many ways to honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples today, and every day. 

 

Land Acknowledgement, Traditional Lands, and Treaties

Do you know what a land acknowledgment is, why it is important and how to incorporate the practice into your own life? The Native Governance Center shares this handy Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
 

If you’re unsure about the Indigenous Peoples' land you are living on, you can search your location using Native Land, a growing database that documents traditional territories, languages, and treaties worldwide. This resource is also available as an app for your phone or tablet.

Other resources include Tribal Nations Maps, a source of hard copy maps that identify the traditional lands of Tribes in North and South America and the Caribbean, and the Smithsonian’s digital archive of treaties made between the United States and Indigenous Tribes.

Teachers can find lesson plans, activities, and more on TeacherVision’s TeacherVision's Native American Heritage Month page. Tribal Maps also sells great children’s books that feature quality Indigenous representation.

 

Honoring Indigenous Stories

In addition to deepening your knowledge and awareness, it’s important to incorporate more Indigenous voices into your life, too.


Native Journalism and Publications

 

Podcasts

 

Films and Theatre

 

Support Indigenous Businesses and Organizations

If you want to support Indigenous businesses but are unsure of the line between cultural appropriation and appreciation, check out Cultural Survival’s cultural appropriation resource list. You can also read this interview with Bethany Yellowtail (Crow and Cheyenne), curator of the B. Yellowtail Collective.

For a wide array of services and goods, check out NativeWeb's database of Native-owned businesses.

Indigenous Owned and Operated Businesses

Apparel, Jewelry, and Accessories

 

Native Food Companies and Native Chefs

 

Native Consulting 


Indigenize your music playlist 

Listen to a playlist of Native music curated by IllumiNative on Spotify.
 

 

Support Indigenous-led Nonprofits

Support Native organizations who are working hard to improve the health, well-being, livelihoods and to uphold the rights of Native Americans across Indian country.


Visit  and Support Native Museums