Celebrate Native American History!

November 23, 2022 Molly Ledermann

Explore Native American Heritage Month @ the Bailey Library

Native American History Month 

This month is a time to celebrate, honor, and remember the people and cultures native to the land that we currently occupy. Start by reading former United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s poem “Remember.” Joy Harjo was the first Native American Poet Laureate of the United States. You can read more of her poems, plus additional traditional and contemporary poems by Native American authors on the American Academy of Poets Native American Heritage website.

Check out books by Native American authors from the Bailey Library:

  • There There by Tommy Orange
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • The Only Good Indian by Stephen Graham Jones
  • New Poets of Native Nations edited by Heid E. Erdrich
  • Where the Dead Sit Talking by Brandon Hobson
  • Ask a Bailey Library Librarian for even more titles!

Learn more about Native American history and culture:

  • The Bailey Library’s Indigenous Peoples of Washtenaw County Research Guide can help you learn more about local Native American history, languages, and culture.
  • Native American Heritage Month – exhibits, photographs, resources, art, and archival material brought together by the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This year’s special exhibit is about Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces.
  • Bailey Library databases such as Michigan History Magazine and US History in Context provide access to research, articles, primary sources, and more about Native American history.
  • Use Kanopy to watch free documentaries on historical and contemporary Native American people and culture. You can even catch a screening of “100 Years” in the library on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. in partnership with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.    

WCC Land Acknowledgement:

As members of the Washtenaw Community College community, we humbly acknowledge that the campus occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of diverse native peoples. The taking of this land was formalized, in a process alien to native cultures, by the Treaty of Detroit in 1807, with the Anishinaabe (ä-ni-shi-ˈnȯ-bā), including the Odawa, Ojibwe (ō-ˈjib- wā) and Potawatomi (pätəˈwätəmē) (also spelled Pottawatomi and Pottawatomie), and with the Wyandot (wī-ən-ˌdät). Many other native peoples lived on this land at different times including the Fox, Sauk ( ˈsȯk ), Shawnee ( shȯ-ˈnē ), Kickapoo ( ˈkikəˌpü ), Miami (mē-ä-mē), Musketoon ( ˌməskəˈtün ), and Cherokee ( ˈcher-ə- ˌkē ).

Since the origin of the college in 1965, we have benefited from the use of this land where we work and study, and from its life, beauty, and spirit. We recognize our responsibility to understand and care for this land, and we honor, with our deepest gratitude, the native people who have stewarded it for generations.

Acknowledgment by itself is a small gesture. But let this step be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native history, sovereignty and cultural rights, and a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.



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