American Indian Heritage Month
- Grades: 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
At the beginning of the 20th century, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, began an effort to establish an American Indian Day. Parker, who was director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, New York, first turned to the Boy Scouts of America for help. The organization agreed to set aside a day to honor native heritage.
American Indian Heritage Month began in 1990. That's when President George H.W. Bush approved a resolution designating November as a time to recognize and celebrate the country's native heritage.
Scholastic Kid Reporters have put together a collection ofstories and interviews to highlight American Indian Heritage. Check back throughout November for new stories, including coverage of a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, an interview with accomplished artist Kay Walkingstick who won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award at the beginning of her career, and more!
Many people will celebrate the birth of America at the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia. One group of people, however, will be involved in that celebration as a reminder that America is really much older than that. Native Americans were an essential part of helping the first European settlers survive their stay in the New World.
What would you do with old plastic chairs, Nike sneakers, golf bags, and a whole lot of suitcases? If you are artist Brian Jungen, (pronounced Young-gen) you would turn them into exquisite and unique works of art. Jungen is a contemporary artist currently featured in a major new exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
In fifth grade, my class studied a lot about Jamestown, a 17th century English settlement in what is now Virginia. We also studied a little about Pocahontas, a Native American girl who helped the colony in many ways. It was an amazing story, so when I got George Sullivan's book to review I was looking forward to reading more about the topic.
Take a virtual tour of artist Brian Jungen's exhibit at the Museum of the American Indian.
More than 400 Native American representatives from 564 tribal nations in the U.S. gathered at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C., last week. President Obama served as host to the largest-ever Tribal Nations Conference.
Notah Begay III is the first Native American member of the PGA. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Begay lived on a reservation until he was 7 years old. He is Navajo/Pueblo Indian.
Auhtor George Sullivan talks to Kid Reporter Maya Kandell about writing his book about Pocahontas.
Kid Reporter Chloe Conway is given a tour of the Plimoth Plantation by Tahlia Jackson, a 12-year-old Wampanoag girl, and her family. Tahlia talked about the Wampanoag culture in the 17th century.
Kid Reporter Joseph O'Connor talks to Queens-based artist Kay Walkingstick about how she uses her Cherokee Ho-Chunk heritage to create works of art.