Most people have been waiting for November to get here so that they can chow down on some turkey. This is the month of cranberry sauce,homemade sweet potato pie, & warm dinner rolls. It’s a time to get cozy & spend time with as many loved ones as possible. But,there’s more to give thanks for than just scrumptous food & good times in November. This is also American Indian Heritage month!
It is a time to celebrate American Indian tradition & culture. But, who designated the month of November for this time of reflection? Here’s more on that:
“To honor the American Indians who lost their lives and their land to the Europeans, New York declared the first American Indian Day in 1916. For years, several states followed New York in celebrating American Indian Day. Finally, in 1990, President George Bush declared November as National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month to nationally recognize their great contributions to the United States.
“Oh Great Spirit, who made all races, look kindly upon the
whole human family and take away the arrogance and hatred which
separates us from our brothers…”
This prayer from the Cherokee tribe reminds us of the importance of every human being, no matter where we’re from or what we look like. In November, we recognize the contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives during National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here:(http://turkey.thebeehive.org/Templates/Misc/Level3NoRight.aspx?PageId=1.1793.6269
The accompanying video contains information about the American Indian Cultural Center& Musuem of Oklahoma.It has a lot of information about the activities that take place during the American Indian Heritage month.
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