Honor the sacred. Honor the Earth, our Mother. Honor the Elders. Honor all with whom we share the Earth:-Four-leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones, swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people. Walk in balance and beauty. - Native American Elder
November is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.
So what how can YOU support and honor Native Americans now and from this day forward?
Knowledge is power! And unfortunately, not much of Native American history is taught within our society. We highly recommend these reads to keep you up to speed with the many challenges Native Americans have faced and still continue to today. These as well give an insight to Native American beliefs and lessons that we all could learn from:
Attend An Event
AIANTA , the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association:
has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality and recreation.
AIANTA has put on some really insightful events and continues to do so! We highly recommend signing up for one to learn about and support Native Americans within the tourist industry! This is a fabulous way to learn more about Native Americans while supporting their effort to sustain and honor their culture!
Support Native Owned Businesses & Charities
One of the easiest ways we can support Native Americans are by supporting authentic Native businesses and charities that are working to preserve their culture. Here's a link for a variety of Native shops for every need!