November—Native American Heritage Month

R. Carrlos Nakai

This month the nation celebrates indigenous Americans. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join for Native American Heritage Month. There are events throughout the month in several locations nationwide, from a concert by the great Carlos Nakai and his elegant and sometimes haunting flute music, book talks and storytelling, a family Harvest Festival, and art exhibits showcasing work by native artists as well as clothing on display. Find a list of November heritage events here.

As tomorrow’s vote builds rhetoric about America up to a fever pitch, take some time to acknowledge and honor the first Americans, whose rich culture and traditions we should only be so lucky to approach. We might be able to learn how to take a breath between the red-faced shouting and end-of-the-world-if-you-don’t-see-it-my-way diatribes. A little reverence…and grace…can go a long way.

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