Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month
National Native American Heritage Month at PGTPL
In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed a joint resolution designating November as National Native American Heritage Month. This month is an opportunity to highlight the diverse cultures of people who identify as American Indian or Alaskan Native, and their many contributions to society. The United States has over 5.2 million Native Americans from 574 federally recognized tribes, making up 1.7% of the country’s total population. These tribes each have their own language, dress, food, and traditions that have been handed down through the generations. Unfortunately, some tribes have lost parts of their culture, like their language and ceremonies, due to assimilation. To combat this, tribal members have reconnected with their communities and involved younger generations in reclaiming their traditions.
Hoopla has curated some collections just for National Native American Heritage Month. Hoopla is an online resource available for library patrons, as a downloadable app for your smartphone, or by using a web browser. Library patrons can sign up for an account for free using their library card number. This allows patrons to borrow up to 10 eBooks, Audiobooks, movies, television shows, and graphic novels per month. If you’re interested in eBooks, the Native American Heritage Month collection has a great selection of authors like Deborah A. Miranda, Thomas King, and Christine Day. For Audiobook fans, the Native American Stories & Experiences collection has selections from Joy Harjo, Margaret Verble, Malcolm Brooks, and more.
For those who prefer a print book, our library has several fantastic options, including those below.