November is Native American Heritage Month: Book Display and Some Resources
November is Native American Heritage Mont (link to official federal site from the Library of Congress and other agencies). The UT Tyler Robert R. Muntz Library is featuring a small book and materials display in the library’s second floor. This year we focused on Native American literature, and we have books for children and adults. As always,books in the display case are available for checkout. Simply let us know at the Circulation Desk, and we will be happy to open the case for you. Don’t worry. We can always put another book in; we do want people to read our books.The following books, with call numbers, are featured in the second floor display case this year:
- Alexie, Sherman, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. General Collection PS 3551 .L35774 L66 1994.
- Erdrich, Louise, The Game of Silence. CML Young Adult Fiction E 665GA.
- Erdrich, Louise, Love Medicine. General Collection PS 3555 .R42 L6 1993A.
- Goble, Paul, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. CML Juvenile G 5755G.
- Hillerman, Tony, Dance Hall of the Dead. CML Young Adult Fiction H852DA.
- Martin Bill, and John Archambault, Knots on a Counting Rope. CML Easy Fiction M 3792KN.
- Welch, James, Fools Crow. General Collection PS 3573 .E44 F66 1978B.
These books are just a small sampling of the various selections we offer in Native American literature.We are also featuring here on the blog a list of links to resources about Native Americans for our readers to explore and learn more:
- Find at this link a copy of Mr. Obama’s Presidential Proclamation for Native American Heritage Month.
- President Obama’s White House has compiled a list of resources within U.S. federal agencies related to Native Americans.
- The U.S. Census Bureau has put together a Facts for Features piece with facts and figures for American Indians and Alaska Natives. For example, did you know there are 15 states with more than 100,000 American Indian and Alaska Native residents as of the 2010 Census? Texas is one of those 15 states. Can you name the others? In addition, the Census Bureau also makes available various data sets related to American Indian and Alaska Natives that may be of interest to researchers and students.
- The Law Library of Congress has a research help feature on Native American Heritage Month with emphasis on legislative issues.
- The Office of Minority Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has a set of profiles and demographic data on American Indians and Alaska Natives.
- This one may be useful to teachers. The EDSITEment website, a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, offers various lesson plans related to Native American Heritage Month.
- The American Indian College Fund has a small list of ways to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. One of the suggestions is to read a book about Native American history. This list we created has a few suggestions to get you started. As always, we are happy to offer other reading suggestions as well. Just stop by the reference desk or visit our library website for other ways to contact us.
- The National History Education Clearinghouse has a small quiz on Native American photography. Can you identify members of a specific Native American tribe or group by their clothing and appearance on a photograph? Keep in mind that often photos were staged by photographers for various reasons. The quiz is meant to help people learn to ask questions about photos.
- You can listen to oral histories, information on Native American cultural values, and other educational issues at Wisdom of the Elders, a project that includes a radio series, publications, storytelling, and other preservation projects.
- Want to see what other libraries are doing? The Programming Librarian blog has a round-up post with links to what other libraries around the nation are doing for the month plus other resources.
Still need some ideas of what to read? In addition to the link we offered above, here are some other reading lists. We can help you locate any of the books listed in our library. If we do not have a particular library book, and you are affiliated to our university, we will be happy to place a request from another library via our ILLiad Interlibrary Loan System. Never used ILLiad before? It’s very easy to use. Feel free to ask us how. This is just a small sampling of reading lists available online.
- The National Education Association (NEA) has a Native American Booklist broken down by grade level. You can find a book here for your children or for yourself.
- This is the reading list from the County of Los Angeles Public Library.
- And here is the reading list from Galway Public Library (note: PDF file).