Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. 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.
Storywalk: When the Mission Bells Rang
Join us on a unique journey through downtown Santa Cruz! Learn about the Mission experience through the eyes and ears of the Amah Mutsun people and the animals who lived here. Families embark on a "StoryWalk" by following the route of picture book pages displayed in the windows of various downtown businesses and organizations.
Pick up your map and craft at the Downtown Branch in the Young People's Room.
Visit the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park website for more information.
This StoryWalk will be running through the second weekend of November.
Read, Listen, and Watch: Native and Indigenous Authors, History, and Culture
Adult Book List
Young Adult Book List
Watch movies from the Kanopy Native American History Month Collection free ith your library card.
Learn about our local Amah Mutsun Tribe
Explore a wealth of information, exhibits, and collections hosted by the Library of Congress, in collaboration with the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Other Dedicated Web Sites
New Video From California Humanities
California On the Ballot—Voting Rights for Indigenous Populations
Despite rights granted by the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, many Indigenous people remain excluded from democratic processes. In this video, explore the barriers facing native voters and seekers of public office, including landmark legal battles, literacy laws, and voter ID requirements. Learn more by watching the recording from our September 2022 event, Voting Rights for Indigenous Populations.
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