NatiVE American Heritage Month
Celebrate and honor the vast contributions of Native American writers, the indigenous authors of this land who were telling their stories long before the idea of the United States of America was even close to being conceived.
November is Native American Heritage Month and we’re celebrating by reading and listening to the stories and truths of indigenous writers, both past and present. We rounded up some past programs, podcasts, and blogs from the AWM online archives for you to explore. Check them out below.
Two new podcasts to listen to!
Explore more than 400 years of American writing and history in our virtual exhibit American Voices. Learn about writers like Sophia Alice Callahan, the first known Native American to publish a novel. And William Apess, whose 1829 novel A Son of the Forest describes his journey to reclaim his Pequot identity after being forced to be a servant for white families. And Vine Victor Deloria, Jr., who employed humor in his writings and activism. Plus many more writers to learn about!
EXPLORE AMERICAN VOICES HERE
Here are some highlights from the AWM blog through the years written by or about indigenous writers, including author interviews, writing tips, reading recommendations, and more.
In addition to writers, Frank Waln and Tanaya Winder are also talented singer-songwriters. Waln is an accomplished hip-hop artist and producer. Winder is a multitalented spoken word poet, musician, and storyteller. The pair visited the AWM in May 2019 to perform their work and discuss their creative processes.
View our Native American Heritage Month playlist on YouTube.
On the AWM Podcast Network we have multiple episodes for your listening pleasure. Find them at the links below or listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Looking for some reading recommendations for books by indigenous authors?
Tanaya Winder has you covered, read them here.