Celebrate Native American heritage all month long with free events and programs for all ages, including a virtual teen comic chat, film screenings, arts and crafts, and more.
Reading Recommendations: Native American Heritage Month
Research Native American Heritage & History at NYPL
Explore resources for researching Native American heritage, including scholarly journals, genealogical resources, newspapers and magazines, and more from the Library’s collections.
- Native American Indian and Alaska Native E-Resource Guide
- Life During the American Revolution | Resources for Students and Educators: Indigenous People and the Revolution
- Indigenous Peoples of North America (Gale Primary Sources)
- Ethnic NewsWatch (1959–present)
- American Indian Experience
- Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples in North America
- Oxford Bibliographies Online
The Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library’s Treasures showcases some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in our collections. Free to experience at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building and online, the exhibition includes this printed syllabary—a set of symbols representing syllabic sounds—developed by Sequoyah, a member of the Cherokee Nation, beginning in the 1820s. The syllabary enabled for the first time written communication in the Cherokee language.
Image: Sequoyah; H. Upham, printer. Cherokee syllabary. Cherokee Baptist Mission Press, ca. 1845. Rare Book Division.
In this LIVE from NYPL event, Lenape Center co-directors Joe Baker, Curtis Zunigha, and Hadrien Coumans joined Brooklyn Public Library’s Curator of Visual Art Programming, Cora Fisher, to discuss their co-published book, A Lenapehoking Anthology. The book explores the personal journeys of people seeking welcome in their ancestral homeland while pushing back against their erasure.
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