Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with CPL

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.

Keynote Events

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.

Film Screenings

  • 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

Book Discussions

Join a book discussion at one of these branches:


Five CPL locations have Native American Heritage Month exhibits:

Recommended Reading