Greetings, and happy Thanksgiving! I’m sure most of you have plans to stuff yourselves silly, guopuk (Alaska Native Yup’ik for “sleep long.”), and enjoy the company of your family or friends. Everybody is already aware of the highly-publicized Turkey Day coming up on November 22nd, so in this blog post I want to focus on something a little different: Native American Heritage Month. Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month.
We, as a country, set aside this month of remembrance so we don’t become a nation of people practicing nallunguarluku. (That’s Alaska Native Yup’ik for “pretending it didn’t happen.”)
Native Americans have an incredible history, a rich culture, and a beautiful language. At the DeRidder Branch library, there is currently a small display in the YA room showcasing books that are either about Native Americans, or books that were written by Native Americans. Check it out!
To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, follow this link: https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
Are you living on native land? Find out here
And don’t forget our databases. Our Mango database offers a free course where you can learn the Cherokee language. Check it out here! You will need to log in with your library card.
In the meantime, have a wonderful Thanksgiving break, reflect on everything you have to be grateful for, and don’t be a nijuliuk (trouble maker).