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Native American Heritage Month Resources

MAEC is devoted to serving educators and education professionals and we encourage educators and students to take time to expand their knowledge and awareness of the experiences and histories of Indigenous people. There are many free resources available to get started, some of which are listed below. 

 

Articles 

  1. 2021 Event Highlights Celebrating Native American Heritage Month (The Library of Congress) 
  2. About National Native American Heritage Month (Native American Heritage Month) 
  1. American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges 
  2. The Impact of Words and Tips for Using Appropriate Terminology: Am I Using the Right Word? (Native Knowledge 360) 
  3. Living Maya Time 
  4. ‘Native American’ or ‘American Indian’? (Native Knot) 
  5. Native Land Digital (Native Land) 
  6. A Proclamation on National Native American Heritage Month, 2021 (The White House) 
  7. Q &A: Native Knowledge 360° (Learning for Justice) 
  8. Rewriting History – for the Better (Learning for Justice) 
  9. With and About: Inviting Contemporary American Indian Peoples Into the Classroom (Learning for Justice) 

 

Books  

  1. 75 Native American Children’s Books (Colours of Us) 
  2. American Indians in Children’s Literature  
  3. American Indians / Indigenous Peoples / Native Nations (Social Justice Books)  
  4. Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story, by Kevin Noble Maillard  and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal 
    • Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.
  5. House Made of Dawn, by N. Scott Momaday
    •  An American classic, House Made of Dawn is at once a tragic tale about the disabling effects of war and cultural separation, and a hopeful story of a stranger in his native land, finding his way back to all that is familiar and sacred.
  6. An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    •  Spanning more than four hundred years, this classic bottom-up peoples’ history radically reframes US history and explodes the silences that have haunted our national narrative.
  7. Native American Heritage Month (Anti-Defamation League)  
  8. New Books on Native American History and Life (Facing History and Ourselves) 
  9. Thunder Boy, Jr., by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales 
    • From New York Times bestselling author Sherman Alexie and Caldecott Honor winning Yuyi Morales comes a striking and beautifully illustrated picture book celebrating the special relationship between father and son.
  10. The Round House, by Louise Erdrich 
    • Erdrich’s The Round House is a page-turning masterpiece of literary fiction–at once a powerful coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a tender, moving novel of family, history, and culture.
  11. Waterlily, by Ella Cara Deloria 
    • When Blue Bird and her grandmother leave their family’s camp to gather beans for the long, threatening winter, they inadvertently avoid the horrible fate that befalls the rest of the family. Luckily, the two women are adopted by a nearby Dakota community and are eventually integrated into their kinship circles. 
  12. We Are Water Protectors, by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade
    • Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption.
  13. When We Were Alone, by David Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett 
    • A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As she asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when all of these things were taken away. 

 

Lesson Plans 

  1. Celebrate Native American in the Classroom (Education World) 
  1. Indigenous Peoples Resources: Lesson Plans (Capital City Public Charter School, Washington DC) 
  2. Infusing Indigenous Perspectives in K-12 Teaching (University of Toronto) 
  3. Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month (National Education Association) 
  4. Native American Heritage Month (Anti-Defamation League) 
  5. NK360 Educational Resources (Native Knowledge 360) 

 

People to follow on social media  

  1. Alcatraz Canoe Journey – @alcatrazjourney (Instagram)  
  2. All My Relations Podcast – @amrpodcast (Instagram)  
  3. Autumn Peltier – @autumn.peltier (Instagram) 
  4. Indigenous Educators – @indigenouseducators (Instagram)  
  5. Indigenous People’s Movement – @indigenouspeoplem (Instagram)  
  6. Matika Wilbur – @project_562 (Instagram)  
  7. Mikana Project – @projet_mikana (Instagram)  
  8. Morning Star Gali – @saylooli (Instagram)  
  9. Sarah Eagle Heart – @ms_eagleheart (Instagram)  
  10. National Museum of the American Indian – @SmithsonianNMAI (Twitter), @NationalMuseumoftheAmericanIndian (Facebook)
  11. Tomas Karmelo Amaya – @tomaskarmelo (Instagram)  
  12. Xiuhtezcatl Martinez – @xiuhtezcatl (Twitter) 

 

Webinars & Videos 

  1. 6 Stories Celebrating Native American History and Culture (Great Big Story) 
  2. Changing the way we see Native Americans (TEDxTeachersCollege) 
  3. Honoring Indigenous Cultures and Histories (TEDxMinneapolis) 
  4. Using Culturally Responsive Practices to Support Native American Students (MAEC) 

 

Podcasts 

  1. All My Relations 
    • All My Relations is a podcast hosted by Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) and Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation) to explore our relationships— relationships to land, to our creatural relatives, and to one another. 
  2. Coffee With My Ma 
    • My radical activist mother Kahentinetha Horn tells me stories of her very long adventurous life, always with the sense of humor that carried her through. 
  3. The Henceforward 
    • Mutually respectful conversations about the relationship between Indigenous and Black people in Canada, touching on topics like reparations, Black Lives Matter, reconciliation, and gentrification. 
  4. Native Opinion 
    • Native Opinion is a unique education, entertainment and informational radio show and podcast. Hosts, Michael Kickingbear, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, and David GreyOwl, a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, present an Indigenous view on American history, politics and culture, and how those things impact and shape Native American lives. 
  5. Not Invisible: Native People on the Frontlines 
    • The Not Invisible: Native Peoples on the Frontlines is a collection of stories gathered through interviews with Native peoples from around the world who are standing up to protect the planet and our future. 
  6. The Red Nation 
    • The Red Nation Podcast features discussions on Indigenous history, politics, and culture from a left perspective. Hosted by Nick Estes with help from our friend and comrade Sina. 
  7. This Land 
    • How a string of custody battles over Native children became a federal lawsuit that threatens everything from tribal sovereignty to civil rights. 
  8. Toasted Sister 
    • Radio about Native American food.

American pop cultures that is inclusive of Indigenous communities

 American pop culture that is inclusive of Indigenous communities 

Movies and TV shows can provide a window into the lives and cultures of the characters depicted in ways that can both dismantle and reinforce cultural stereotypes. When consuming movies and TVs shows that depict characters and cultures different from your own, be careful not to allow the dramatization to nurture harmful stereotypes. No cultural dramatization can fully represent the spectrum of human qualities, characteristics and cultures of any particular group of people. 

Movies & Documentaries  

  1. The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) 
    • After a chance encounter on the street, a woman tries to encourage a pregnant domestic abuse victim to seek help. 
  2. Boy (2010) 
    • Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago. 
  3. Lorena, Light-footed Woman (2019) 
    • A young woman of the Tarahumara, well-known for their extraordinary long distance running abilities, wins ultramarathons seemingly out of nowhere despite running in sandals. 
  4. Our People Will be Healed (2017) 
    • A look at the efforts involved with decolonizing Manitoba’s First Nation communities. 
  5. Playing for the World: A unique look at a Native American female basketball team (PBS) 
  6. Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World (2017) 
    • A documentary about the role of Native Americans in popular music history. 
  7. Smoke Signals (1998) 
    • Arnold rescued Thomas from a fire when he was a child. Thomas thinks of Arnold as a hero, while Arnold’s son Victor resents his father’s alcoholism, violence and abandonment of his family. 
  8. Standing Bear’s Footsteps: The story of an Indian chief who redefined what it means to be an American (PBS) 
  9. Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools (PBS)  

TV Shows  

  1. Basketball or Nothing (2019) 
    • The lives of the Chinle High School boys’ basketball team based on the Navajo Nation reservation in Arizona. 
  2. Must-Watch Indigenous Movies & TV Show, Flare  
  3. Reservation Dogs (2021) 
    • Comedy series about four Native American teenagers growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma. 
  4. Rutherford Falls (2021) 
    • A small town in the Northeast is turned upside down when local legend and town namesake, Nathan Rutherford (Ed Helms) fights the moving of a historical statue. 
  5. Trickster: Miniseries (2020) 
    • Jared is an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water. When he starts seeing strange things – talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters – his already chaotic life is turned upside down.
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