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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2017 Event Highlights

Gallery Event

Weekends in November

Portrait Story Days
Each weekend at the National Portrait Gallery, young visitors and their families can listen to a story about someone represented in the gallery, and then create an artwork based on the story.

November 4 & 5 – Pocahontas; November 12 – Sequoyah; November 18 & 19 – Chief Sitting Bull; November 25 & 26 – Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce.


November 4

A Concert for Tomorrow's Ancestors
A musical tribute inspired by our Native ancestors and influenced by the present-day social movements of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The Sones de México Ensemble performs a classic repertoire of Mexican folk genres, including huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more. This program is a special collaboration to bring together the remembrance of the Day of the Dead with the contemporary focus of Native American Heritage Month.

(National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution)


November 16

Native American Perspectives on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Designed specifically for educators, this webinar focuses teaching the Native side of the Lewis and Clark experience using primary sources, stories, songs, theater, video, and classroom experiments.

(National Archives)

Family Event

November 24

Family Fun Day
This unique family celebration of Native American Heritage Day showcases different ways that Native people give thanks. Interactive programs include dancing, games, short children’s films, and storytelling.

(National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution)


November 28

Making Space for Indigenous Law
The Law Library of Congress commemorates Native American Heritage Month with a conversation with Leo Crippa, senior attorney, and Armstrong Wiggins, director of the DC office for the Indian Law Resource Center, about respectful representation of indigenous peoples.

(Law Library of Congress)

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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