Native American Heritage Month 2023

Monday, October 23, 2023
Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, discover the rich history, ceremonies, and storytelling traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America as part of Native American Heritage Month

Explore reading lists, films, and other resources from the Library.

Reading Recommendations

Indigenous Voices

Learn about the rich and diverse heritage of Native fiction, nonfiction, history, poetry, memoir, and more with these resources.



Watch documentaries about Indigenous experiences and voices available through our streaming video service Kanopy

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Kanopy Native American Films

 Catch one of these Indigenous film screenings at the Library:

Sunday Cinema: 'Oyote' 
Sunday, November 19, 2023  2-4 p.m.
Central Library

Sunday Cinema: 'Powwow Highway' 
Sunday, November 26, 2023  2-4 p.m.
Central Library


The Heart is a Fist: Artists Roundtable Discussion

Presented in conjunction with the Library’s Big Read 2022 from last year, Indigenous artists featured in the Library exhibition The Heart Is a Fist spoke about their inspirations and techniques in a May 25, 2022 panel discussion moderated by Kreshaun McKinney, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s director of learning and engagement.


Sharice’s Big Voice: A Native Kid Becomes a Congresswoman  One of the first two Native American women elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the first openly LGBTQ representative from Kansas, Rep. Sharice Davis discussed her picture-book autobiography in an online program hosted by the Library on October 11, 2021, in observance of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Davids,  a member of Wisconsin’s Ho-Chunk Nation, was joined in conversation by her two collaborators on her book. Illustrator Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, a member of Wasauksing First Nation, is an Ojibwe Woodland-style artist from Barrie, Ontario, and co-writer Nancy K. Mays is an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Kansas whose writing has been published in Ploughshares, the Colorado Review, and Mid-American Review, among other publications.  


Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge 

In an online discussion of his book Red Alert! hosted by the Library on March 10, 2021, Haskell Indian Nations University’s Daniel Wildcat offered an avenue of response to climate change: Apply Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to the strategy for rescuing our ecologically distressed planet. Wildcat, a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, is a professor in the Indigenous & American Indian Studies program at Haskell in Lawrence, Kansas. He is also co-founder and co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and co-author of two other books, including Power and Place: Indian Education in America


Research Resources

American Indian Histories and Cultures

Spanning four centuries and covering North and Central America, American Indian Histories and Cultures presents unique materials from one of the finest archival collections on American Indian history and culture available – the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago. From early contacts between European settlers and American Indians and the subsequent political, social and cultural effects of those encounters on American Indian life, these materials tell both the historical and the personal stories of the colonization of the Americas. Explore documents, maps, timelines, visual galleries, and more among the archives.


Chaslot and Flathands The Newberry Library