• November is National Native American Heritage Month

    The month of November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month.  In 1990 President George H. W. Bush designated November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month."  Since 1994, every November has been recognized as such.  There are many Native events scheduled throughout the month.  We’ll provide community event dates, as they become available to our NAE program.

    In honor of November being recognized as National Native American Heritage Month, the NAEP recognizes one week as "Native American Heritage Awareness Week”, where NAEP hosts several cultural events every day for our students and their families. We are requesting participation through our social media Facebook Page throughout the week. Each day there will be a cultural expression, activity, or event theme for your opportunity to participate. If on social media, please add a photo of your participation with the hashtag #AmphiNAHAW.

    • Monday, November 8th – Virtual Cultural Movie Night, 6:00-8:00 pm
      The NAEP will be hosting a virtual cultural movie night (via Zoom) for our students and families, featuring the Native film "Te Ata" (2017). 
    • Tuesday, November 9th – NativEducate: “Mascama Ili Uusim Mahtawapo”
      “Education where little children are taught.” (Mascama = Tohono O’odham word for Education. Ili Uusim Mahtawapo = Yoeme language for Where little children are taught.)
      • Share THREE (3) facts of the Tohono O'odham and Pascua Yaqui tribes (or any of the 574 tribal nations) with a teacher, classmates or family, whether online or in-person. Examples can be:
        • Express knowledge about the culture and traditions
        • Tell a story about traditional homelands
      • You may also read a Native-themed book and share.
    • Wednesday, November 10th – Frybread 101 Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm
      Wetmore LPDB – Saguaro/Ocotillo Rooms, 701 W. Wetmore Rd., Tucson, AZ 85705
    • Thursday, November 11th – Veterans Day | Vision Maker Media Virtual Veterans Panel
      Vision Maker Media will present a panel titled, “Returning Home Through Togetherness: What Does It Mean to Be a Warrior” at 5:00 PM. This panel will feature several Native veterans who are members of their warrior societies. As society members, they will discuss the roles and responsibilities as providers and defenders of their tribe, community, and culture.
    • Friday, November 12th – “Traditional Dress to Impress” Day, All Day
      Where ever you are! Wear your moccasins/traditional footwear with your traditional attire/regalia OR wear a turquoise awareness ribbon with PRIDE throughout the day.
    • Monday, November 15th – “Rock Your Mocs” Day, All Day
      Where ever you are! Wear your moccasins/traditional footwear OR wear a turquoise awareness ribbon with PRIDE throughout the day. 

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    Thanksgiving Resources - From a Native Perspective

    Please note, this is for educational purposes only.
    For the younger generation of Native Americans across the nation, Thanksgiving can be a conflicting perspective. For some, it is a remembrance of the horrific massacre that was bestowed upon the Wampanoag people and the feast celebrating this massacre. The United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole's Hill for a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a statue of Grand Sachem Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember and reflect in the hope that America will never forget. 

    For others, Western religion meshed within Native culture may create an even greater conflict. Native households each have their own distinct tradition during Thanksgiving and whether they celebrate or not. It is encouraged to assist in educating others about the history of Native peoples during that time.

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