Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Let us build bridges of understanding by sharing our cultural stories!

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, Aculturame would like to honor Native American tribes in the United States.

On August 3, 1990, United States President, George H. W. Bush, declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month. The Bill read in part that “the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities.” This was a landmark Bill honoring America’s Tribal people.

This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

To learn more about sensitive ways in which you can celebrate this month and educate your family and friends about Native American Heritage Month follow one of the suggestions from this Indian Country Today article.

To learn about how tribal citizens are making a difference within their tribal communities I invite you to read Grownup Navajo – The Transformative Power of Grandmothers in our Culture about how a Navajo young woman who became an activist.

This Thanksgiving, let us remember the contributions from Native Americans to our society; let us share accurate stories about the First Thanksgiving, before the first colony was established.

This month Aculturame would like to honor Native American tribes in the United States and invite you to watch this one minute video about one of the most popular Native American dances: the Jingle Dress Dance. The young woman dancing here is a member of the Rappahannock Tribe from Virginia performing at the Virginia Indian Festival last summer.

 

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