Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Explore the history, art, culture, and traditions of Indigenous peoples through staff recommended novels, poetry, and interactive maps.   

It’s important to acknowledge that Indigenous voices and perspectives are rich and varied. According to the U.S. Department of the Interior Indian Affairs, there are currently 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages.  

Visit Native Land, an interactive map of the territories of Indigenous nations that also includes language maps and maps of treaties. The site offers teaching guides, a guide to territory acknowledgment, and more.   

For poetry lovers, explore Living Nations, Living Words: A Map of First Peoples Poetry. This interactive map features audio recordings of 47 contemporary Native American poets, including Louise Erdrich, Natalie Diaz, and Ray Young Bear, among many others. The project was conceived by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo. 

Check out these staff picks that include novels and poetry by Indigenous authors and poets. 

Contemporary Indigenous Authors

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Celebrate contemporary Native voices by exploring these novels that encompass a variety of genres.

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Spotlight on Indigenous Poets

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Explore Native voices and perspectives with must-read poetry.

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