Friday, November 17, 2017

November: Commemorating Native American Heritage Month & Thanksgiving

"Aboriginal Ways of Knowing"

November in the United States is Native American Heritage Month (established in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush). No coincidence that the commemoration and celebration of Native American history, culture, traditions, and ways of knowing takes place during the same month many of us celebrate Thanksgiving.

"Plimoth Plantation" by Jennie Brownscombe c. 1914

Most of us learn a Eurocentric version of the first Thanksgiving in elementary school, acting out the parts of Pilgrim and Indian, learning to valorize European ancestors that benefitted from the kindness of indigenous residents. Our schooling also teaches us to value Western epistemology and methodologies. But there are other ways of knowing, other forms of inquiry. For many of us, we don't encounter alternative epistemologies and methodologies until we take specific courses in college. If you are interested in learning about Indigenous, specifically Native American, knowledge practices, check out these books.

Find these books and more searching Armacost Library resources.

At the University of Redlands, we live, study, and work on the unceded traditional lands of Yuhaaviatam (one of the indigenous peoples collectively called, by the Spanish settler colonials, the Serrano in Southern California).

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