Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with CPL in November

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with Chicago Public Library in November. This year's theme, Many Nations, Many Voices, invites us all to listen, read, learn and rediscover Native American heritage from members of First Nations communities from around the country.

Please read CPL’s Land Acknowledgement in partnership with the American Indian Center in Chicago:

The Chicago Public Library is located on the traditional homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. Many other tribes such as the Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox also called this area home. The region has long been a center for Indigenous people to gather, trade, and maintain kinship ties. Today, one of the largest urban American Indian communities in the United States resides in Chicago. Members of this community continue to contribute to the life of this city and to celebrate their heritage, practice traditions, and care for the land and waterways.

Events

See all our Native American Heritage Month events. Highlights include:

Adults and Teens

Adult Book Discussion: There There by Tommy Orange
2 p.m. Saturday, November 7
Join Bezazian Branch for a discussion of There There.

Finding Home: An Indigenous Perspective on Land, Language and Identity with Dr. Anton Treuer
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10
Join celebrated author, professor and activist Dr. Anton Treuer for a unique perspective on Indigenous land, language and identity as it relates to the broader experience of being and becoming American. This event is in partnership with One Book, One Chicago.

Meet the Indigenous Goddess Gang: Creating Spaces for Representation, Social Justice and Allyship for and by Indigenous Women
4:30 p.m. Thursday, November 12
Hear from the Indigenous Goddess Gang, an empowering group of Indigenous women creating spaces to reclaim Indigenous knowledge, medicine and identity while unapologetically showcasing Indigenous creatives from all walks of life.

Water Is Life: Why We Need to Protect Our Fresh Water
6 p.m. Tuesday, November 17
Cyndee Fox-Starr (Omaha/Odawa), outreach director of the American Indian Health Service of Chicago, Inc., presents a history of the Water Walk movement and its importance to the Great Lakes region and people.

Comanche Culture Representation in American Western Films: A Discussion with Dr. Dustin Tahmahkera
4 p.m. Tuesday, November 24
Are you a fan of Western films? Learn more about the legacy of the Comanche as represented in Western films with Professor Dustin Tahmahkera, an enrolled citizen of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma and direct descendant of Chief Quanah Parker.

Teens and Tweens

Decolonizing Education: A Talk with Youth Activist Charitie Ropati
11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 14
Hear a conversation with youth activist Charitie Ropati, whose work on Native-centric curricula has been recognized by The Malala Fund and Teen Vogue.

Climate Activism with the Chicago Chapter of the International Indigenous Youth Council
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 2
Learn more about Indigenous youth-led climate activism and about how climate change affects Indigenous lands.

All Ages

Honoring Native Voices: A Book Talk with Librarian Cindy Hohl
1 p.m. Saturday, November 14
Cindy Hohl, president of the American Indian Library Association, honors Native voices with this book talk centered on the 2020 American Youth Literature Awards.

Coloring Sheet

Print our Native American Heritage Month coloring page.

Exhibit

1983 Omaha Tribal Pow-Wow: Photographs from the American Folklife Center is on display November 2 through December 31 at Harold Washington Library Center.

Reading Recommendations