5 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

5 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. If you're not quite sure how to honor the holiday, we've got you covered with these 5 great ideas!

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under varying names , including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”, have been issued each year since 1994. To help you honor this holiday, we’ve put together a list of 5 ways to celebrate.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Make an American Indian Recipe

One of the best ways to learn about a culture is through food. There are endless options when it comes to American Indian recipes, but here are a few that had our team excited to get in the kitchen:

Apache Acorn Cakes

Native Mommy Soup

Algonquin Three Sisters Rice

Amaranth, Quinoa, and Corn Chowder

Manataka Acorn Bread

Discover the Diversity of American Indian Cultures

There are hundreds of tribes across the continent, but most people can’t name more than a few, and even less are represented in the popular culture. Native American Heritage Month is a great opportunity to research your local history and discover which tribes called the land you now live on home.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Read a Book About American Indian History

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown eloquently documents the destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. The New York Times called the book “Original, remarkable, and finally heartbreaking…Impossible to put down”.

You can find a full list of recommendations at Goodreads

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Take a Course

With over 500 various tribes and nations, where do you even begin to research? In our 4-week Native American Genealogy Essentials Online Course, Angela Walton-Raji will teach you the tools and skills you need to find out the truth about your Native American ancestors.

Visit an American Indian Heritage Site

Much of the US is scattered with beautiful and significant American Indian landmarks. From burial mounds to ruins to museums, there are thousands of locations to to experience Native America. In Cincinnati, where the editors of Family Tree Magazine are based, perhaps the most famous location is Serpent Mound. If you’re looking for a great way to educate your family and yourself, take some time to locate a landmark near you and spend a day learning about American Indian History.

 

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