The very first day set aside for celebration of Native Americans began with the Seneca Indian, Dr. Author C. Parker. In the early 1900s he persuaded the Boy Scouts to celebrate a day for the “First Americans." It wasn’t until 1990 though when President George H. W. Bush declared November to be National American Indian Heritage Month. This month is set aside to celebrate and recognize the contributions and accomplishments of those people who were the original settlers of the United States.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, an exhibit has been set up in the Cone Park Library’s display case by art teacher Linda Tiffany. Throughout the month of November we welcome our patrons to come and see photos, artifacts, and pieces of artwork left by Native Americans that lived here in Alachua County and across the country.
To learn more about Native American Heritage, check out these titles recommended by the First Nations Development Institute.
This book is a comprehensive overview of the history and culture of the peoples who are now known as the First Americans. Author Walter C. Fleming covers the many different tribes that stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific, including compelling biographies of their greatest leaders. He examines the beliefs, customs, legends and the myriad contributions Native Americans have given to modern society, and details the often tragic history of their conquest by European invaders, their treatment-both historical and recent-under the U.S. government, and the harsh reality of life on today's reservations.
Black Elk Speaks, the story of the Oglala Lakota visionary and healer Nicholas Black Elk (1863–1950) and his people during momentous twilight years of the nineteenth century, offers readers much more than a precious glimpse of a vanished time. Black Elk’s searing visions of the unity of humanity and Earth, conveyed by John G. Neihardt, have made this book a classic that crosses multiple genres. Whether appreciated as the poignant tale of a Lakota life, as a history of a Native nation, or as an enduring spiritual testament, Black Elk Speaks is unforgettable.
Americans have lost touch with their history, and in Lies My Teacher Told Me Professor James Loewen shows why. After surveying eighteen leading high school American history texts, he has concluded that not one does a decent job of making history interesting or memorable. Marred by an embarrassing combination of blind patriotism, mindless optimism, sheer misinformation, and outright lies, these books omit almost all the ambiguity, passion, conflict, and drama from our past.
One day legendary bluesman Robert Johnson appears on the Spokane Indian Reservation, in flight from the devil and presumed long dead. When he passes his enchanted instrument to Thomas-Builds-the-fire - storyteller, misfit, and musician - a magical odyssey begins that will take them from reservation bars to small-town taverns, from the cement trails of Seattle to the concrete canyons of Manhattan. This is a comic tale of power, tragedy, and redemption among contemporary Native Americans.
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