Native American Heritage Month

Submitted by edawson on November 2, 2021 - 9:16am

In November, the Sonoma County Library celebrates Native American Heritage Month. As described by the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), this month is “a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.” We join the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and thousands of libraries, schools and local governments in paying tribute to the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans / Indigenous Peoples.

The cultural revitalization and self-determination efforts of Native people are part of a robust history. Dr. Arthur Caswell Parker (Cattaraugus Seneca), an anthropologist and historian who founded the Society of American Indians in 1911 and the NCIA in 1944, was one of the first to propose a day be set aside for “First Americans.” Thanks in part to the additional efforts of Reverend Red Fox James (Blackfoot), who was also known as Red Fox Shiukusha, and those of Reverend Sherman Coolidge (Arapaho), New York selected the second Saturday in May, 1916, for “American Indian Day.” Several other states set aside various days for similar observances during the first half of the 20th Century. However, it wasn’t until 1976 that the U.S. Federal Government set aside a portion of the calendar to celebrate Native peoples. In 1998, Native American Day was enacted as a state holiday in California. President Joe Biden declared October 11, 2021, to be a federal holiday: Indigenous People’s Day.

For more information about the current sovereignty and revitalization efforts of local Native American groups, please see:

The author(s) acknowledge(s) that they are descendant(s) not of Native people but of settler-colonialists. We recognize the historical and ongoing violence of settler colonialism, and affirm Indigenous sovereignty. Our library buildings/facilities are on stolen land. We will continue to hold ourselves accountable to the needs of the Indigenous people of Sonoma County, California, and beyond. The author(s) would welcome comments or corrections from members of Native communities, particularly the Coast Miwok, Kashaya, Southern Pomo, and Wappo tribal nations.


Events

Warrior Women

Sonoma County Library

Warrior Women
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Register

Warrior Women explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the American Indian Movement.


From Diggers Bend to River Rock

Healdsburg Museum

From Diggers Bend to River Rock: Dry Creek Rancheria People and History
September 30, 2021 to May 29, 2022
Wednesday-Sunday, 11-4

Guest Curator, Dry Creek Pomo historian, and basket expert, Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Ph.D., has arranged for the loan of baskets woven by DCR makers to the Healdsburg Museum. Private basket collectors, Tribal families, and UC Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology have loaned these pieces, many of which were woven around 1900.

In-Gallery Basketmaking Demonstration
Friday, November 12, 2021, 12:00-3:00pm
Enjoy watching Dry Creek Rancheria weaver Clint McKay at work.

For more information: https://myemail.constantcontact.com/October---November-2021-Review.html?soid=1115883753593&aid=BZ0X9DNhnZU


Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians

Sonoma State University

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 11am (Zoom)

Hear Dr. Anton Treuer talk "Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask": an interactive and informed discussion of hot topics in Indigenous Studies, including residential boarding schools, pipeline protests, the use of Indigenous people as mascots for sport teams, and we can best grapple with racial equity in the time of racial reckoning.

Co-hosted by Dr. Janet Hess, Acting Chair of Native American Studies and Dr. Erica Tom, Director of Native American Studies.

Please contact Dr. Erica Tome at tome@sonoma.edu for registration information.


Books and More:

Adult Nonfiction

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Braiding Sweetgrass

Braiding Sweetgrass

by Robin Wall Kimmerer
(Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
305.597 KIMMERER

As Long As Grass Grows

As Long As Grass Grows

by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
(Colville Confederated Tribes)
970.004 GILIO-WHITAKER

We Are the Land

We Are the Land

by Damon B. Akins & William J. Bauer, Jr.
(Round Valley Indian Tribes)
970.004 AKINS

California Through Native Eyes

California Through Native Eyes

by William J. Bauer, Jr.
(Round Valley Indian Tribes)
970.004 BAUER


Our History is the Future

Our History is the Future

by Nick Estes
(Lower Brule Sioux Tribe)
970.004 ESTES

Poet Warrior

Poet Warrior

by Joy Harjo
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
B HARJO

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States

by Roxanna Dunbar-Ortiz
970.004 DUNBAR-ORTIZ

Mabel McKay

Mabel McKay
weaving the dream

Greg Sarris
(Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)
B McKay


Sacred Instructions

Sacred Instructions

by Sherri L. Mitchell/Weh'nα Hα'mu' Kwasset
(Penobscot)
299.7 MITCHELL

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen

The Sioux Chef's Indigenous Kitchen

by Sean Sherman
(Oglala Lakota)
641.59297 SHERMAN

Heart Berries: A Memoir

Heart Berries: A Memoir

by Terese Marie Mailhot
(Seabird Island Band)
B MAILHOT

Lakota America

Lakota America

by Pekka Hämäläinen
A New History Of Indigenous Power
970.3 LAKOTA by HAMALAINEN


Highway Of Tears

Highway Of Tears

by Jessica McDiarmid
A True Story Of Racism, Indifference, And The Pursuit Of Justice For Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls
362.88089 MCDIARMID

New Poets of Native Nations

New Poets of Native Nations

Edited by Heid E. Erdrich
(Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)

Carry

Carry: A Memoir Of Survival On Stolen Land

by Toni Jensen
(Métis)
978.4004 JENSEN

A Mind Spread Out On the Ground

A Mind Spread Out On the Ground

by Alicia Elliott
(Tuscarora)
971.0049 ELLIOTT


White Magic: Essays

White Magic: Essays

by Elissa Washuta
(Cowlitz Indian Tribe)
133.43 WASHUTA

 

 

 


Adult Fiction

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The Sentence

The Sentence

by Louise Erdrich
(Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
ERDRICH

Crooked Hallelujah

Crooked Hallelujah

by Kelli Jo Ford
(Cherokee Nation)
FORD

Solar Storms

Solar Storms: A Novel

by Linda Hogan
(Chickasaw)
HOGAN

The Removed

The Removed

by Brandon Hobson
(Cherokee Nation)
HOBSON


The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

by Stephen Graham Jones
(Blackfeet Tribe)
JONES

House Made of Dawn

House Made of Dawn

by N. Scott Momaday
(Kiowa)
MOMADAY

There There

There There

by Tommy Orange
(Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes)
ORANGE

The Beadworkers

The Beadworkers: Stories

by Beth H. Piatote
(Member of Chief Joseph’s Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes)


Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue

by Greg Sarris
(Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)
SARRIS

Ceremony

Ceremony

by Leslie Marmon Silko
(Laguna Pueblo)
SILKO

When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

When Two Feathers Fell from the Sky

by Margaret Verble
(Cherokee Nation)
VERBLE

Winter Counts

Winter Counts

by David Heska Wanbli Weiden
(Sicangu Lakota)
WEIDEN


Jonny Appleseed

Jonny Appleseed

by Joshua Whitehead
(Peguis First Nation)
WHITEHEAD

 

 

 


Young Adult Fiction & Non-Fiction

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Firekeeper's Daughter

Firekeeper's Daughter

by Angeline Boulley
(Sault Ojibwe)
Y BOULLEY

Fire Song

Fire Song

by Adam Garnet Jones
(Cree/Métis)
Y JONES

Elatsoe

Elatsoe

by Darcie Little Badger
(Lipan Apache)
Y LITTLE BADGER

Apple in the Middle

Apple in the Middle

by Dawn Quigley
(Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)
Y QUIGLEY


Hearts Unbroken

Hearts Unbroken

by Cynthia Leitich Smith
(Muscogee Creek Nation)
Y SMITH

Surviving the City

Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett
(Cree)
YG SPILLETT

This Place: 150 Years Retold

This Place: 150 Years Retold

by Katherena Vermett
(Métis)
YG THIS

A girl called Echo

A girl called Echo

by Katherena Vermette
(Métis)
YG VERMETTE


The Power of Style

The Power of Style

by Christian Allaire
(Ojibwe)
Y 391 ALLAIRE

Apple: Skin to the Core

Apple: Skin to the Core

by Eric Gansworth
(Onondaga)
Y 970.004 GANSWORTH

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People

by Debbie Reese
(Nambé Pueblo)
Y 970.0049 MENDOZA

#NotYourPrincess

#NotYourPrincess

by Lisa Charleyboy
(Tsilhqot'in)
Y 971.004 NOT YOUR PRINCESS


Children's Books Ages 8-12

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The Used-to-be Best Friend

The Used-to-be Best Friend

by Dawn Quigley
(Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)
J FC QUIGLEY

Ancestor Approved

Ancestor Approved
Intertribal Stories for Kids

by Cynthia Leitich Smith
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
J ANCESTOR

Rez Dogs

Rez Dogs

by Joseph Bruchac
(Nulhegan Abenaki)
J BRUCHAC

I Can Make this Promise

I Can Make this Promise

by Christine Day
(Upper Skagit Tribe)
J DAY


The Birchbark House

The Birchbark House

by Louise Erdrich
(Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians)
J ERDRICH

Mary and the Trail of Tears

Mary and the Trail of Tears

by Andrea L. Rogers
(Cherokee Nation)
J GIRLS SURVIVE

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

by Joseph Marshall
(Sicangu Lakota)
J MARSHALL

Indian No More

Indian No More

by Charlene Willing McManis
(Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde)
J MCMANIS


Little Whale

Little Whale

by Roy A Peratrovich
(Tlingit)
J PERATROVICH

Stone River Crossing

Stone River Crossing

by Tim Tingle
(Choctaw Nation)
J TINGLE

Healer of the Water Monster

Healer of the Water Monster

by Brian Young
(Navajo)
J YOUNG

Buffalo Bird Girl

Buffalo Bird Girl

by S. D. Nelson
(Standing Rock Sioux)
J B WAHEENEE


Children's Books Ages 0-8

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Bowwow powwow

Bowwow powwow = bagosenjige-niimi'idim

by Brenda J. Child
(Ojibwe)
E Child

Cradle me

Cradle me

by Debby Slier
(Ojibwe)
TOD SLI

Jingle dancer

Jingle dancer

by Cynthia Leitich Smith
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
E Smith

A is for acorn

A is for acorn: a California Indian ABC

by Analisa Tripp
(Karuk Tribe)
TOD TRI


SkySisters

SkySisters

by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
(Nishnawbe Ojibway)
E WABOOSE

The Good Luck Cat

The Good Luck Cat

by Joy Harjo
(Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
E HARJO

We Are Water Protectors

We Are Water Protectors

by Carole Lindstrom
(Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe)
E LINDSTROM

I Sang You Down From The Stars

I Sang You Down From The Stars

by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
(Cree and Trinidadian)
E SPILLETT-SUMNER


First Laugh: Welcome, Baby!

First Laugh: Welcome, Baby!

by Rose Ann Tahe
(Naaneesh't'ezhi Tachii'nii nish'li (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan), born for Ashiihi bashish'chiin (Salt People Clan)
E TAHE

When Turtle Grew Feathers

When Turtle Grew Feathers
A Folktale from the Choctaw Nation

by Tim Tingle
(Choctaw Nation)
E TINGLE

Go Show The World

Go Show The World
A Celebration Of Indigenous Heroes

by Wab Kinew
(Ojibwa)
J 970.004 KINEW & E KINEW

Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

Look, Grandma! Ni, Elisi!

by Art Coulson
(Cherokee)
E COULSON


My Heart Fills With Happiness

My Heart Fills With Happiness

by Monique Gray Smith
(Cree and Lakota)
J GRAY SMITH & TOD GRA

Sweetest Kulu

Sweetest Kulu

by Celina Kalluk
(Inuit)
E KALLUK

Josie dances

Josie dances

by Denise K. Lajimodiere
(Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)
E LAJIMODIERE

We Are Grateful

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga

by Traci Sorell
(Cherokee Nation)
E SORELL


Fall in line, Holden!

Fall in line, Holden!

by Daniel W. Vandever
(Navajo Nation)
E VANDEVER

 

 

 


Thanks to our resource sharing agreement, your Sonoma County Library Card grants you access to both the Lake County Native American Collection and the Mendocino First American Collection. Click here to browse both collections.

 

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