5 Ways to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
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Read a Book About American Indian History
The American Indian College Fund suggests 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann. The book delves into science, history and archaeology to uncover the true history of this country.
“Contrary to what so many Americans learn in school, Columbus did not land in a sparsely settled, near-pristine wilderness,” reads the book’s jacket.
Attend a Lacrosse Game
Check out high schools or colleges in your area and see when they are playing. “Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stick ball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Lacrosse may have developed as early as the 12th century in the Americas, and played a significant role in tribal community and spiritual life,” says the Fund’s website. “Originally these games, many of which lasted for days and included as many as 100 people rotating to play on each team, were said to have been played to give thanks to the Creator.”
Watch a Film Starring American Indians
There are many to choose from, but the Fund suggests Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, a chronicle of how Natives were displaced by westward expansion.
Try a Native Recipe
There are so many different options, it may be hard to choose just one. You could try cooking up a Native soup, or mixing up some granola for a snack. How about some roasted duck or maybe some pumpkin bread.
Learn the Real Story of the First Thanksgiving
The story told to schoolchildren about the 1621 Thanksgiving during which Indians and Pilgrims came together to share a meal isn’t exactly the correct story.