November is National American Indian Heritage Month 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 in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
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2019 Event Highlights


November 1 - 3

Día de los Muertos Festival
The National Museum of the American Indian hosts a three-day public program to celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), with an after-hours event Friday night and performances and family activities throughout the weekend. The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated as a way to honor family and friends who have passed away. The tradition originates from the Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya.

(National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C.)

Webinar for Teachers

November 6

Native Communities and the Vote: Teaching about American Indian Voting Rights through Documents
Join us and learn how to incorporate primary sources related to American Indian voting rights into your lesson plans. This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series.

(National Archives and Records Administration)


November 16 & 17

Blackfeet Nation Tribal Festival
Learn about the Blackfeet Nation and the many aspects unique to Blackfeet culture through this two-day festival. Blackfeet artists, performers, historians and culture bearers will share demonstrations and performances throughout the festival weekend. Highlights will include seasonally appropriate dances and stories, and demonstrations of making traditional regalia from the hides of buffalo, deer, elk and antelope.

(National Museum of the American Indian)

Family Event

November 29

Puppet Show: Native American Folk Tales
This year’s puppet show will celebrate both the Native American History Month and Poet Laureate Joy Harjo by performing the Native American tales from The Girl Who Helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales and Turtle’s Race with Beaver, both by Joseph and James Bruchac.

(Library of Congress)

Featured Document Display

October 10 - December 4

Honoring Native American Soldiers' World War I Service
In honor of National American Indian Heritage Month and Veteran’s Day, a collection of World War I records will be exhibited to highlight one of the unique ways that Native American soldiers used their language and cultural heritage to serve the country.

(National Archives Museum)

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National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities