Join CPL in our celebration of Native American Heritage Month this November. Learn about Native American culture and tradition through events such as music performances and craft workshops, exhibits at five CPL locations and reading recommendations.
We'll have events for all ages around the city. Here are some highlights.
Defending the Sacred: Protecting, Reclaiming and Repairing Indigenous Lands, Saturday, November 2 at Independence Branch
See the short films Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee and The Refuge, both of which discuss the negative impact that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge will have on Alaskan Native communities. Following the screenings, Chicago-based Alaskan Native actor, writer and activist June Thiele (Athabascan, Yupik) reads an original piece pertaining to the films. You'll also learn how our local Native American community is reclaiming and repairing our lands and waterways around Chicago. This event is co-sponsored by CPL's Native American Heritage Committee and the American Indian Center.
Author Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Thursday, November 14 at Harold Washington Library Center
As part of this year's One Book, One Chicago, hear from climate expert, activist and author (The Right to Be Cold) Sheila Watt-Cloutier, who lives with the impacts of climate change every day from her home in the Arctic Circle.
- First Nations Film and Video Festival Screenings at CPL: The First Nations Film and Video Festival has brought Native voices and filmmakers to Chicago screens since 1990. CPL is one of many venues around the city to celebrate this fall's series, which focuses on films by and/or about Native American women.
- Film Screening: Angry Inuk: An Inuk filmmaker takes a close look at the central role of seal hunting in the lives of the Inuit, the importance of the revenue they earn from sales of seal skins and the negative impact that international campaigns against the seal hunt have had on their lives.
Events for Kids and Teens
- Native Tongue: A Lakota Hip-Hop Performance with Frank Waln: HWLC YOUmedia hosts Frank Waln, an award-winning Sicangu Lakota hip-hop artist and music producer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, for a dynamic performance honoring the heritage and culture of indigenous people.
- Molly of Denali Screening and Craft: Watch an episode of the groundbreaking new PBS series about the daily adventures of 10-year-old Alaskan Native Molly Mabray. We'll make our own cardboard ulu, a tool used by Alaskan Natives.
Join a book discussion at one of these branches:
- Lincoln Belmont Book Club discusses Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
- Jeffrey Manor Book Club discusses Embers: One Ojibway's Meditations by Richard Wagamese.
- Rogers Park Book Club discusses A Rain of Night Birds by Deena Metzger.
- Budlong Woods Book Club discusses There, There by Tommy Orange.
Five CPL locations have Native American Heritage Month exhibits:
- J. Kae Good Bear's artwork at Bezazian Branch
- Photographer Hector Maldonado's Finding Myself, My Heritage Within Me at Harold Washington Library Center
- Leon Mechelle's impressionistic 3-D art at West Belmont Branch
- Pat Nabong's First Nations Garden photography at Budlong Woods Branch
- Ernest Whiteman III's ICONOCLAST exhibit at Woodson Regional Library