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Heritage Month Spotlight

Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month

In 1990 President George Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as National Native American Heritage Month (NNAHM). Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.

National Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the intertribal cultures and to educate the public about the heritage, history, art, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Bowman's Store,
Crazy Horse's Vision, and
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path
Author, Joesph Bruchac
Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki) is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including novels, picture books, traditional tales and autobiographical writing.

George Crum and the Saratoga Chip
Author, Gaylia Taylor
"In the beginning I was more interested in the potato chip, but as George came alive, it was the man himself who made a connection with me."

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer
Creators, Bill Wise and Bill Farnsworth
"I hope readers come to realize that Sockalexis was both an extraordinary athlete and an extraordinary person. His story deserves to be known. Louis Sockalexis was truly an American hero."

Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer
Illustrator, Bill Farnsworth
Illustrator Bill Farnsworth demonstrates his method for creating the art in Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer.

Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story
Author and Illustrator, S. D. Nelson
"I was surprised to learn that Ira was so shy, that most people did not even know what his voice sounded like."

Rattlesnake Mesa: Stories from a Native American Childhood
Creators, EdNah New Rider Weber and Richela Renkun
RR: "I think that these stories are incredibly important because they give an intimate look into a part of American history that so little is known about."

The Blue Roses
Author, Linda Boyden
"Death frightens and confuses children," says Boyden. "Adults often explain too much or nothing at all. In the old tribal days, death was viewed as part of the cycle of life and nothing to fear. That's my story's strongest point, that death is a part of life."

Buffalo Song
Author, Joseph Bruchac
"When I'm doing the research for a new project, it's like being on a journey."

Sky Dancers
Creators, Connie Ann Kirk and Christy Hale
In this interview both the author and illustrator talk about their work on the project and what the story meant to them.

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Visit these sites to learn more about NNAHM:
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Learn about
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Black History Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month

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