Wednesday 10 November 2021
November is Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month. Visit the DECs Native American Heritage Month page to learn more about the agency’s cooperation with indigenous peoples on natural, cultural and livelihood resources.
Edutopia Lessons Learned in Teaching Native American History by a non-Indigenous middle school teacher, recounts some important lessons she learned teaching Indigenous history over many years. She suggests to to be humble: we still can, and always must, continue to listen and learn from the many Indigenous voices who speak, write and share their stories. Use tools, such as a Map of native lands to find information about local indigenous peoples and to research their past and current struggles and achievements. Native-Land also has an excellent section on Land Acknowledgments, including the reasons to go beyond these acknowledgments and how to make sure they are just a first step. Land recognitions are also discussed by indigenous academics in “The conversation”. The most important thing to remember, however, is to ensure that students learn that Indigenous history is not separated of American history and that there are many Indigenous people living in the United States today. More resources to help you integrate Indigenous knowledge and history:
Photo: Ndakinna Cultural Center is hosting an online Indigenous storytelling night in this Almanack file photo By Eric Jenks