Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Celebrate American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month began with an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the "First Americans" made to the establishment and growth of the United States. This effort, which began in the early part of the 20th century, resulted in the month of November being designated for that purpose.

Suggested Databases

The library subscribes to several online databases that can help you with research on Native Americans/American Indians:
  • Biography in Context alows you to browse for biographical information on the category Native Americans;
  • Both Britannica Online and World Book Online (kids' and regular/student versions) include in-depth research articles on Native Americans;
  • In Bloom's Literary Reference Online, you can search on the terms "native american" and get a host of resources, including Bloom on Native-American Writers, background on Native American literature and short fiction, and more;
  • Ancestry Library (in-library use only) has a number of databases available that cover specific Native American tribes as well as U.S. Indian Census Schedules;
  • Go to America's Newspapers/Newsbank and select Indigenous Cultures - Native American Indians under the Special Reports section;

Recommended Web Sites

Web Sites for Teachers/Educators/Homeschoolers
And of course, you can always check the library's online catalog for books and materials to check out/take home.


  1. Great post-so informative! I really enjoy these virtual tours of the native american indian museum...I saw that there are some really interesting exhibitions going on currently at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York...I am definitely going to make a trip up to NY soon, this is something I am really interested in...thanks so much for all the wonderful information.