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Observances - 2019

American Indian Heritage Month

National American Indian Heritage Month, as defined by the Law Library of Congress, "celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States." For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' National American Indian Heritage Month page.

General Resources for American Indian Heritage Month

Online Resources

National Museum of the American Indian

 Association on American Indian Affairs "the oldest non-profit serving Indian Country protecting sovereignty, preserving culture, educating  youth and building capacity."

American Indian Heritage Foundation  "The American Indian Heritage Foundation was established in 1973 to provide relief services to Indian people nationwide, to build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people."

National American Indian Heritage Month official site

National Archives' Native American Heritage Month site

Stories about Native Americans  Articles, videos, and podcasts from NPR

Books at the SJR State Library about American Indian Heritage 

These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, tribes, regions, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog. Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

American Indian Heritage Month 2019

The DoDEA's theme for American Indian Heritage Month 2019 is Honoring Our Nations: Building Strength Through Understanding 

Library Events for American Indian Heritage Month 2019

The Indians Who Rocked the World

This “revelatory documentary brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on music icons like Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Taboo (The Black Eyed Peas), Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Jesse Ed Davis, Robbie Robertson, and Randy Castillo.” - Kanopy

November 19, 2019 
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Palatka Campus Library


Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian


The Soul of an Indian 

"A deeply personal family film that follows Kate Beane, an urban, Dakota scholar, and her family as they trace the remarkable life of their celebrated relative, Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman), an important author, activist, lecturer, and one of the first Native American doctors.

Along the way, Beane uncovers uncanny parallels between their lives, though they were born more than 100 years apart." - Kanopy

Running Time: 57 mins   Year: 2018   Rating: Unrated

November 20, 2019 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Campus Library


6 Generations

6 Generations

"Ernestine De Soto is a Chumash Native American whose mother Mary Yee was the last speaker of her native Barbareno language. In 6 Generations, her family reaches back to the days the Spanish arrived in Santa Barbara and made first contact. Ernestine tells this history from the perspective of her female ancestors, making her a unique link with the past.

Famous anthropologist John Peabody Harrington, whose work focused on native peoples of California, started research with her family in 1913 and continued with three generations for nearly 50 years. This inspired Ernestine's mother to begin taking notes and, combined with mission records (which survived intact from the late 1700s), they form the heart of this story. Because of these circumstances, her story, possible only in California, is unique in America. The impact of loss of land, language, culture and life itself is made all the clearer as this story is told in Native American voices, who describe the events as they experienced them. Ultimately, it is a story of survival and the fierce endurance of Ernestine's ancestors, particularly the women."- Kanopy 

Running time: 58 minutes. This documentary is not rated. 

November 20, 2019 
2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Orange Park Campus Library