Native American Heritage Month

November traditionally marks a time of thanksgiving and harvest in North America, and since 1990, has been celebrated as Native American Heritage Month in the United States.

The effort to honor America’s indigenous people began in New York in 1916, when the state created “American Indian Day,” and gained momentum in 1976 when NASA astronaut Jerry Chris Elliott High Eagle, a member of the Cherokee and Osage nations, led a movement for the creation of Native American Awareness Week.

Events in November at the University of Pittsburgh include:

Film Screening

“Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice”
5 p.m. Nov. 28

Created and directed by filmmaker Audrey Geyer, “Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice” is a one-hour PBS documentary about Native American role models, nation rebuilding, and tribal justice. Through the personal and professional stories of American Indian attorneys, tribal judges, and their colleagues, the film provides an overview of the major historical, governmental, legal, judicial and intertwining social justice issues shaping many federally recognized nations today.

COTRAIC Pouch Making Workshop

12 noon Nov. 29
William Pitt Union, 6th Floor

This workshop will be led by Kristen Spangler and Mike Simms, who are representing the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. No prior crafting experience is required. This workshop is open to individuals of all skill levels interested in Native American culture, craftsmanship, and hands-on learning. Lunch will be provided.

COTRAIC Dream Catcher Workshop

12 noon Nov. 30
William Pitt Union, 6th Floor

According to some members of the Ojibwe Nation, the dreamcatcher is a gift from Grandma Spider. It filters out bad dreams and allows only good thoughts to enter into our minds when we are asleep. Join Kristen Spangler and Mike Simms as they make traditional Native American Dreamcatchers. Lunch will be provided.