National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

As we come upon the Thanksgiving holiday I have to ask why do we celebrate National Native American Heritage Month in November? I watched This is America Charlie Brown, The Mayflower Voyagers and have to admit it was cute and entertaining, but also kinda ick.

Now I use a bit of sarcasm when I explain to my non Native friends that I did not think “they” (whoever “they” are) should relegate to “us” Ndns when National Native American Heritage Month should be celebrated, however I am also glad we get the opportunity to share our heritage with the non Native community. And although I might use sarcasm, my sentiment centers around being impressed when I hear non Native teachers promoting education awareness about Native people in their classrooms. For teachers, especially non Native teachers, the opportunity to teach about who Native people really are is a practice that we as Native people appreciate. When I see and/or read about what people are doing throughout Native Heritage Month, I am glad to say it is a good feeling. Especially when I read about historical inaccuracies being retold with more accuracy.

So this Thanksgiving I want to say Thank you in the languages I have learned for promoting awareness and celebrating National Native American Heritage Month at the local, regional, and national levels whether it is at a school, college/university, major event, or online, celebrating Native Heritage is important, EVEN if it is only for a month, use this time to educate the non Native community about who Native people are.

With that I’ll enclose and say, A’hee’eh, Imee’qis Qeci’yew’yew, Miig’wech, and Muchos Gracias.

Categories Education, the New Indian

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