Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November 1, 2023

Collage of colorful book titles by Native American authors

Honor Native American Heritage Month with AWP this November! Check out our list of educational resources, past Writer’s Chronicle articles, and online events to celebrate Native American culture and history. Don’t forget to browse through our bookshop.org list honoring Native American authors and poets.


Rewatch Past AWP Events

#AWP23 Stephen Graham Jones, Silvia-Moreno Garcia, Danielle Trussoni, Sponsored by Authors Guild

National Book Critics Circle Presents: Louise Erdrich at #AWP20

#AWP21 Keynote Address with Joy Harjo

From the Writer’s Chronicle

Intersections in Canadian and American Indian Fiction” by Erika T. Wurth, April 2021

A Coherent Shape to Brokenness: The 2021 AWP Conference & Bookfair Keynote Address” by Joy Harjo, September 2021

Against the Typography of Colonization: Decolonization Through & of the Printed Text by Contemporary Indigenous Poets” by Beatrice Szymkowiak, February 2022


Other Resources

The National Parks Service has a great website section full of history, events, and educational resources.

Learn about the origins of Native American History Month.

PBS has a vault of videos dedicated to telling Native/Indigenous American cultural stories, including one featuring poet Joy Harjo.

The National Archives hosts a variety of Native American and Indigenous American resources, including document scans, research resources, historical records, and more.

Learn about the variety of tribes that once spanned great distances across the United States.


Other Events

All events are listed in ET.

Wednesday, November 1

8:00 p.m.— Tune in for an equity spotlight on Native and Indigenous peoples with Beyond a Land Acknowledgement. Learn from the wisdom of Native and Indigenous perspectives with Skye Howell, MEd (she/her) Potawatomi/Ottawa. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.

Thursday, November 2

2:30 p.m.— Make time in your schedule for the Native American Heritage '23:"Honoring Our Ancestors Pow Wow" Documentary. This film was produced by Tejon Indian Tribe and recorded during the Tejon Tribe's fourth annual Pow Wow at CSU, Bakersfield. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.

Tuesday, November 14

3:00 p.m.— Give your mind, body, and spirit a full-body workout and celebrate Native American history with SPECIAL EVENT: Native American Heritage Month with Notorious Cree. Notorious Cree is a fitness instructor, TikTok influencer, and traditional hoop instructor. Learn about powwows, health, peace, wellness, and other facets of the Native American community. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.

Wednesday, November 15

11:00 a.m.— The Indigenous Studies Discussion Group presents: Writers’ perspectives on exile and diaspora. Speakers include Katharina Galor, Sa’ed Atshan, and Menna Agha, with moderation from Christos Nikolaou. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.

Tuesday, November 28

6:00 p.m.— Join Dr. Amy Gore for Virtual Lecture: Book Anatomy: The Body Politics of Indigenous Book History. Dr. Gore will discuss the links between books, bodies, and Indigenous book history through her newest monograph Book Anatomy: Body Politics and the Materiality of Indigenous Book History. Registration is free, and this event will take place online.

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