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National Native American Heritage Month Books and Resources

Lakota Woman at Pow Wow, Photo by Andrew James

NC Humanities joins the nation in observing Native American Heritage Month! Throughout the year, NC Humanities works to celebrate and uplift histories, stories, and cultures of all North Carolinians.

In recognition of this cultural heritage month, we are giving away a copy of It’s Lumbee Homecoming Y’all! by NC authors and educators, Leslie Locklear and Christina Pacheco! The book follows Nakoma, an 8 year-old Lumbee boy, as he takes part in a weekend of food and fun with his Grandma Etta Ann and Uncle Jerry. Nakoma’s story illustrates the popular tradition of Lumbee Homecoming that takes place in Pembroke, North Carolina, home of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Through the eyes of our youth we see the value of grandma’s, golf carts, and grape ice cream! Head to NC Humanities’ Instagram to enter to win! The giveaway closes December 4.

Additionally, we invite you to browse the below resources that explore and pay tribute to Native American Heritage Month. This is just a short collection of the amazing resources that are available. We encourage our readers to explore beyond what we’ve listed.

– Read the President’s Proclamation on Native American Heritage Month.
–  Browse the National Endowment for the Humanities’ (NEH) Virtual Bookshelf, featuring NEH-supported projects that explore different experiences.
– Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Voices & Stories with PBS
– Explore the North Carolina American Indian Heritage Commission. The Commission advises in the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of American Indian history, arts, customs, and culture.
– Additional resources can be found at National Native American Heritage Month official website!

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