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Celebrating Indigenous Cultures

Celebrate Native American & Alaska Native Heritage Month with these special programs and streaming content!

November is Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month. The celebration of Indigenous cultures began as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Native American and Alaska Native communities.

 

Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry It On

The story of the Indigenous singer-songwriter, social activist, educator and artist.

Without a Whisper

The untold story of how Indigenous women influenced the early suffragists in their fight for freedom and equality.

Zitkála-Šá (Yankton Sioux)

Gertrude Simmons Bonnin was born in 1876 on the Yankston Reservation, but later renamed herself Zitkála-Šá which means "red bird" in the Lakota language.

The Warrior Tradition

The largely-untold story of Native Americans who served in the United States military.

Maria Tallchief (Osage)

The first American to dance with the Paris Opera Ballet was the magnetic ballerina Maria Tallchief. (1978)

The Sacred Cypher

Indigenous dancers from the many different tribes come together to tell their stories through the art of dance.

Billy Luther (Hopi, Navajo, Laguna Pueblo)

Seattle-based chef Hillel Echo-Hawk focuses on traditional Pawnee foods.

Bunky Echo-Hawk (Pawnee)

How the reality of Native Americans inspires Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk's work.

Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa)

Artist and filmmaker Jeffrey Palmer takes great care to represent Indigenous experiences in all their diversity and cultural adaptations.

Susan La Flesche Picotte (Omaha)

Susan La Flesche Picotte became the first American Indian woman to graduate from medical school, and is notable for founding an independently funded hospital on the Omaha reservation in Nebraska.

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