Native American Heritage Month

  • Native American Heritage Month

  • All Content Areas

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    Native Land Resource

    Geographic; historical; planning resource

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    Native-Land.ca is a website run by the nonprofit organization Native Land Digital. We are guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. Our funding comes from friendly organizations and individual donors.

    ECE - 12

    All Art Content Areas

    ArtsEdge

    Articles, lesson and unit plans and videos, music

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    Through the Kennedy Arts Center. Provides videos, lessons and unit plans and performances for all arts content areas that covers a wide array of topics, themes and cultures. Also provides cross content material as well.

    ECE - 12

  • All Art Content

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    All Art Content Areas

    ArtsEdge

    Articles, lesson and unit plans and videos, music

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    Through the Kennedy Arts Center. Provides videos, lessons and unit plans and performances for all arts content areas that covers a wide array of topics, themes and cultures. Also provides cross content material as well.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    see resources here

    google doc

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    A document with Indigenous Heritage Resources 

  • Music

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    Music

    PBS website

    articles, interviews, playlists of Current Native American Artists

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    Many resources and playlists of Current Native American Artists

    Many resources and playlists of Current Native American Artists

    Music

    Information about Native American Singing

    Google Doc information about Native American Singing and how to listen respectfully

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    It is important to recognize and not perpetrate stereotypes of Native American Dancing and Singing that has been portrayed in older films and media. This google doc provides some basic information about Native American Music and what to listen for in the Music.

    It is important to recognize and not perpetrate stereotypes of Native American Dancing and Singing that has been portrayed in older films and media. This google doc provides some basic information about Native American Music and what to listen for in the Music.

    Music

    Water Song by the Akwesasne Women Singers

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    Showcases Akwesasne women singing the Water songa nd playing rattle and drums. Water is considered a precious commodity.

    Showcases Akwesasne women singing the Water songa nd playing rattle and drums. Water is considered a precious commodity.

    Music

    Article Giving Cultural Context to Teaching Native American Music

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    Article from "Decolonzing the Music Classroom "stressing the important of understanding and breaking down stereotypes and teaching Native American Music authentically.

    Article from "Decolonzing the Music Classroom "stressing the important of understanding and breaking down stereotypes and teaching Native American Music authentically.

    Music

    Curriculum resources, books, DVDs, Videos, songs, artwork - Perpich Center Anishinaabe & Dakota Powwow Resources

    Native American Pow Wow Curriculum and Resources

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    Music

    Video of high school students talking about their experiences dancing Traditional Native American Dances and the meaning of their clothing

    youtube video

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    Video of high school students talking about their experiences dancing and the meaning of their clothing. Men's Grass Dance, Women's Jingle Dress Dance

    Video of high school students talking about their experiences dancing and the meaning of their clothing. Men's Grass Dance, Women's Jingle Dress Dance

    Music

    Pow Wow etiquette

    written guidelines

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    Guidelines for how people should behave when attending a Pow Wow.

    Guidelines for how people should behave when attending a Pow Wow.

    Music

    Video and quick explanations of POW WOW Dances

    youtube video

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    Short snippets of different modern day pow wows and regalia

    Short snippets of different modern day pow wows and regalia

    Music

    R. Carlos Nakai recording of Canyon Trilogy - Native American Flute peformance

    youtube audio

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    audio only

    audio only

    Music

    Pictures of Native American Drums, rattles, and Flutes

    google doc

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    Pictures of authentic Native American Instruments, Drums, rattles, flutes

    pics of authentic Native American Instruments, Drums, rattles, flutes

    Music

    R. Carlos Nakai, Navajo playing the. Native American flute

    youtube video

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    R. Carlos Nakai is the best known Native American Flute player and composer. This video is of him performing

    R. Carlos Nakai is the best known Native American Flute player and composer. This video is of him performing

  • Visual Arts

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    Visual Arts

    Indigenous Arts to North America - Denver Art Museum

    Website

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    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Project 562

    Website

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    Features the work of Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip), who is documenting photos and stories from all 562 Tribal Nations today. She challenges people to memorize the names of all 562 Tribal Nations. (Note: Since Wilbur's work began, the federal government has officially recognized 11 additional Tribal Nations.)

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Native Peoples in Children's Literature 2020

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    The 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Award identifies and honors the very best writing and illustrations by Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America. Books selected to receive the award present Indigenous North American peoples in the fullness of their humanity. Winners and Honor Books were selected in the categories Best Picture Book, Best Middle Grade Book, and Best Young Adult Book.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Myths About Thanksgiving

    Web Article

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    Provide by the Oyate, these myths and facts can assist students, parents and teachers in thinking critically about the Thanksgiving holiday, and deconstructing what we have been taught about the history of this continent and the world.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown

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    The museum maintains and displays a wide variety of items, including stone tool collections, ceramics, carvings, photographs, weapons, beadwork, and basketry from Native peoples throughout the Western hemisphere. Our collections range from Southwestern Hupa baskets, to Aztec ceremonial clothing from Mexico, to stone tools from a Lenape/Delaware rock shelter site in Pennsylvania.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Gregg Deal - Indigenous in Plain Sight

    Ted Talk

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    The indigenous existence in Western and American culture is narrowly viewed and accepted with little to no input from actual Indigenous people. Gregg Deal talks about the use of history as a tool while he navigates the restrictions thrusts upon his work as a contemporary artist while challenging those who hear his words to take responsibility for their knowledge, and create room for this nation’s First Peoples.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Matika Wilbur- Surviving Disappearance, Re-imagining & Humanizing Native Peoples

    Ted Talk

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    Matika Wilbur, one of the Pacific Northwest's leading photographers, has exhibited extensively in regional, national, and international venues such as the Seattle Art Museum, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, The Tacoma Art Museum, the Royal British Columbia Museum of Fine Arts, and the Nantes Museum of Fine Arts in France. She studied photography at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Montana and received a bachelor's degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in California. Her work led her to becoming a certified teacher at Tulalip Heritage High School, providing inspiration for the youth of her own indigenous community.

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Matika Wilbur - Changing the Way We See Native Americans

    Ted Talk

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    Matika Wilbur took on a project of massive scope: to photograph members of each Federally recognized tribe in the United States. "My dream," Wilbur says, "is that our children are given images that are more useful, truthful, and beautiful."

    ECE - 12

    Visual Arts

    Nancy Marie Mithlo - American Indian — Thinking Twice About Images That Matter

    Ted Talk

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    Ted Talk discussing the images portrayed of Indegenious peoples and how we can change how we see them represented in our culture

    ECE - 12

About Native American Heritage Month


  • Indigenous peoples are the first Americans. Today, many are citizens of sovereign Tribal nations as well the United States. In Colorado, we occupy the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations, and acknowledge this with respect. 

    Individuals choose to identify with their Native heritage differently, whether through their tribe, culture or general terms such as Native or Indigenous. 

    “Organizations generally use 'Native'.   I prefer to use my Nation:  'I am a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Nation.'  We are sovereign Nations, but have external controls, a complex situation…” 

    -- Rose McGuire, Senior Manager of DPS Native American Culture and Education  

    Native American Heritage Month, established during the month of November, was formalized in 1990 by the U.S. government to recognize the significant contributions of Native Americans to the establishment and growth of the country. In DPS, we are honoring this cultural moment with celebration of our Native community and through learning.