November is National Native American Heritage Month – a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and countless important contributions of America’s First Peoples.
Heritage Month is also an opportune time to learn about and hear the stories of Native American’s from around the U.S. Each story reflects the origins and challenges of the past and present while projecting hope for the future.
At AIANTA, we think there is no better way to celebrate and learn about the cultures, traditions and stories of America’s Native Peoples than through travel – American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian traditions and histories are best told and shared by the voices of the tribes and tribal people themselves – those that live their distinct cultures every day.
We’ve put together a list of ten simple ways that you can celebrate National Native American Heritage Month all November long!
Try a Native recipe or visit a Native-owned restaurant in your area- Try an Indian Taco at Tacobe Restaurant in Denver, Colorado; a Laguna Burger in Albuquerque, New Mexico; or if you’re in the DC area, stop by the Mitsitam Cafe at the National Museum of the American Indian and select from their regionally inspired menu.
Watch a film Starring American Indians. Have you seen Wind Riveryet?
Buy authentically – Visit the Indian Arts and Crafts Association’s online Marketplace and Retail Members Directory (password IACA), where you can visit many top galleries, artists, and artist suppliers, as well as companies that support IACA and Authentic American Indian Art.
In a state along Route 66? Take a trip down the famous highway – and learn about the history and experiences from a Native perspective – check out www.AmericanIndiansAndRoute66.com
Read a book about American Indian history – have you checked out American Indians and the Civil War yet? You can get a copy right here.
Have you had a memorable or special experience traveling through Indian Country? Share your favorite experience and photos in Native America with us by replying to this email, and we’ll share your story with our friends and partners on Facebook!