American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month
November is a time to celebrate the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. Included in this collection find lesson plans, videos, articles and primary sources designed to enrich our current understandings of the challenges and contributions of Native people, historically up through the present day. Many of these resources represent Native perspectives. Also included find tools to help teachers discern whether a resource about Native Americans is authentic and appropriate to share with students. These materials, and discussions about Native Americans, can be incorporated into your lessons throughout the year.
Please note that the files in this collection cannot be downloaded from WeTeachNYC because they link out to an external site.
This site shares a series of articles, lesson plans and other instruction tools . Teachers can filter this list by resource type and reading level. By the Zinn Education Project.
Explore different Native American cultures with these lessons and activities from the National Education Association.
11 myths, deconstructed, about the first Thanksgiving. Oyate is a Native organization working to see that the lives and histories of Native people are portrayed with honesty and integrity.
This interactive map offers a time-lapse vision of the transfer of Indian land between 1776 and 1887. Created by University of Georgia professor Claudio Saunt.
Established in 2006, the American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) website provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. This link is to their webpage of recommended booklists by year.
This book list of 100 books created by indigenous writers is shared by School Library Journal and created by Susan Hanks, Debbie Reese, Teresa Runnels, and Tim Tingle.
In September 2016, photographer Camille Seaman joined protesters at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. Through this site, she brings us up close with some of the many people who have been drawn there to defend the water and the earth.
This libguide from the library at the University of New Mexico offers resources on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from Native American perspectives. Included find news articles, historical background on the project, and information on the Tribes and organizations involved and affected.
Throughout their long histories, American Indian peoples have thrived on, respected, and protected the environments that make up their homelands. From this site, educators can select a tribe to discover how different Native communities continue to work as stewards of the environment. From the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.
Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives with a special collection of films, short stories and resources from PBS.
We Shall Remain: America Through Native Eyes is a five-part television series that tells the story of pivotal moments in U.S. history from the Native American perspective.
The story spans 400 years, from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity. We Shall Remain represents a collaboration between Native and non-Native filmmakers and involves Native advisers and scholars at all levels of the project.
All episodes can be watched for free on YouTube.
Native peoples and their healing traditions have histories that extend into the distant past. This timeline highlights key events and themes from antiquity to today. Shared by the National Library of Medicine.
This document provides an overview of some of the resources featured in WeTeachNYC's American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Heritage Month collection.