Native American History Month

Anacostia LibraryStaff Picks

Native American History Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, or as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.The library is a wonderful place to learn about the history and heritage, as well as discover some folktales of Native Americans. Among our favorites are:

The Rough Face Girl, by Rafe Martin

In a beautiful retelling of the Cinderella story, Martin introduces us to an Algonquin family, and their quest to marry the Invisible Being.

Brave Bear and the Ghosts, by Gloria Dominic

Four ghosts attempt to be the first to scare Brave Bear, a warrior and hunter reported to have no fear.

A Kid's Guide to Native American History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series), by Yvonne Wakim Dennis and Arlene Hirschfelder

A culturally sensitive account of the various tribes throughout the nation, this book dispels myths and stereotypes of Native Americans while offering crafts and research ideas.

When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messenger

The tale of a Lenni Lenape girl as she recalls the traditions of fishing for shad throughout the seasons, and how her family has upheld those traditions throughout the years.

Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Little Jenna is determined to dance in the next powwow, in the same jingle dance style as her grandmother. She lacks jingles for her dress however, and it is up to the community to pitch in and help.

In addition to these- and other- amazing books, you can also find information about various tribes using our online resources, including Trueflix.

Happy Learning!