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Native American Heritage Month


How much do you know about the people who originally populated North America? Every year since 1994, November has been proclaimed to be Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the cultural traditions of Americas first people and to learn about the ongoing and unique challenges facing Native tribes today. The Library of Congress, National Archives, and the Smithsonian Institute, among others, have curated amazing digital exhibits in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Highlights include a Native American Heritage set from the National Archives on Flickr, Indians of the Midwest: Past and Present, Folk Arts of the Spanish Southwest from the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian's Vantage Point: Contemporary Native Art Collection. Want to find out about Native Americans from Sonoma County? We have a great collection in the library. Relevant subject headings in our catalog include Indians of North America--California--Sonoma County and Indians of North America--California--Sonoma County--Antiquities. Our Social Sciences Librarian, Paula Hammett, has put together a great research guide on Native American Studies, where you can find great primary sources, encyclopedias, and more information to help you find information on Native American cultures and history. Our Special Collections also include some great materials on local Native cultures. The John W. Hudson papers are a rich source of information about the Potter Valley Pomo Indians of Mendocino and the Gaye LeBaron collection includes some of LeBaron's writings on Native Americans of the region. You'll find great resources on Native Americans, including digitized documents an images, in Calisphere's California Cultures collections. Want to take a field trip? Head up to Santa Rosa to visit the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center. The Museum is dedicated to honoring the contributions of California's Native populations, and features great exhibits and educational materials. The Marin Museum of the American Indian also features great exhibits, including their current exhibit on Creation Stories, running through December.