Indigenous Storytime honors Native American Heritage Month

Ganda Suthivarakom

Nov 24, 2020

We invited Tamera Miyasato and Blue Dawn Little of Indigenous Storytime to discuss the importance of honoring Native American heritage at this time of year and practicing gratitude year round. Both women are members of the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires of the Black Hills in the Mountain West. They teach us about Indigenous cultural traditions, including those of the Wampanoag, the Indigenous people referenced in the “first Thanksgiving,” and encourage everyone to know the history of Indigenous nations in their areas. Wopila!

Special thank you to the following for sharing their respective Indigenous terms of gratitude:

Kathy Holding Eagle Turner

Lisa Casarez

Erin Dunnigan Oliver

Natalie Stites Means

Marisa Cummings

Ken Foster

And thank you to Shawn Espinosa for the background art in the top photo.

Here are the sources shared in the video:

United American Indians of New England

Map: Native Land

Indigenous Storytime

Facebook: Indigenous Storytime 

1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving

Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People