5 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

This poster was created by the DC Native Public Relations Roundtable to raise awareness and positive visibility of Native communities during Native American Heritage Month.

To mark November being Native American Heritage Month, here are some suggestions for how to celebrate.

Read a Book About American Indian History

The American Indian College Fund suggests 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The book delves into science, history and archaeology to uncover the true history of this country.

“Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, Columbus did not land in a sparsely settled, near-pristine wilderness,” reads the book’s jacket.

Jack McNeel Pictured, from left, are, Destiny Duboius; Ruben Dias; Miss Broenneke, a teacher, and Tara Allen at the edge of the marsh.

Attend a Lacrosse Game

Check out high schools or colleges in your area and see when they are playing. “Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stick ball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Lacrosse may have developed as early as the 12th century in the Americas, and played a significant role in tribal community and spiritual life,” says the Fund’s website. “Originally these games, many of which lasted for days and included as many as 100 people rotating to play on each team, were said to have been played to give thanks to the Creator.”

Lacrosse camp on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.

Watch a Film Starring American Indians

There are many to choose from, but the Fund suggests Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a chronicle of how Natives were displaced by westward expansion.

Lacrosse camp on the Yankton Sioux Reservation.

Try a Native Recipe

There are so many different options, it may be hard to choose just one. You could try cooking up a Native soup, or mixing up some granola for a snack. How about some roasted duck or maybe some pumpkin bread.

Roasted duck should have a crispy skin with meat that separates easily with a fork.

Learn the Real Story of the First Thanksgiving

The story told to schoolchildren about the 1621 Thanksgiving during which Indians and Pilgrims came together to share a meal isn’t exactly the correct story.

This is a popular image of the first Thanksgiving, a painting by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris. But this is definitely NOT what happened.

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