November is Native American Heritage Month

Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November Native American Heritage Month as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources.

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Native Report

An entertaining, informative magazine-style series that celebrates Native American culture and heritage, listens to tribal elders and talks to some of the most powerful and influential leaders of Indian Country today.

Native America

Native America explores the world created by America’s First Peoples. The four-part series reaches back 15,000 years to reveal massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents.

The People's Protectors

Four Native American veterans reflect on their experiences in the military during the divisive Vietnam War and how their communities helped them carry t. From the Marine Corps to the Navy to the US Army veterans Valerie Barber, Art Owen, Sandy White Hawk, Vince Beyl, and civilian eyapaha (announcer) Jerry Dearly recall their memories of one of the most controversial wars in United States history.

American Masters - Bunky Echo-Hawk: The Resistance

Filmmaker Ben-Alex Dupris explores how the reality and resistance of Native Americans inspire the work of Pawnee artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, igniting discussions about environmentalism, Native rights, and numerous other current topics.

Making It Up North - Birch Bark Art

Natural materials become exquisite top hats, earrings, and art in the hands of Cloquet artist Phillip Savage. Visit his home workshop and discover how he designs his birch bark wearables

Making It Up North - Heart Berry Thrives

Sarah Agaton Howes stitched history and culture into her business. Meet the entrepreneur behind Heart Berry and see how she adapts to change and grows with technology on Making It Up North. She specializes in contemporary Ojibwe art for all, and traditional Woodlands Florals for a contemporary take on Anishinaabe stories and teachings.

Making It Up North- Collaborative Art by Moira Villiard

Artist Moira Villiard brings the community together through public art. Learn about her collaborative approach to safer crosswalks, her portrait work, and a large-scale mural underway in Duluth's Canal Park that shares Ojibwe stories, past and present, with Making It Up North.

American Masters - N. Scott Momaday: Words From a Bear

Delve into the enigmatic life and mind of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and poet N. Scott Momaday, best known for “House Made of Dawn” and a formative voice of the Native American Renaissance in art and literature. Available with WDSE Passport

Coming this Month

Searching for Sequoyah

Searching for Sequoyah is the first documentary feature to chronicle the legendary accomplishments and mysterious death of the famed Cherokee visionary, Sequoyah, whose English name was George Guess. While much is known about Sequoyah’s many accomplishments, very little is known about the man himself. The greatest mystery is not that he created the Cherokee writing system, or syllabary, but rather the details of his final journey to Mexico and the circumstances of his death.

November 16th at 8:00am on Explore.
November 23rd at 6:00 pm on Explore.

Independent Lens - Home from School: The Children of Carlisle

"Kill the Indian in him, and save the man.” This was the guiding principle that removed thousands of Native American children and placed them in Indian boarding schools. Among the many who died at Carlisle Indian Industrial School were three Northern Arapaho boys. Now, more than a century later, tribal members journey from Wyoming to Pennsylvania to help them finally come home.

November 23rd at 8:00pm on PBS North or stream on the PBS Video App

Native Inspired Recipes

Wild Rice Pancakes with Delilah & Alyza Savage

Tradition of Squash Pie

Blue Corn, Bear Root and Resilience