November is Native American Heritage Month, and the Library has a full line-up of performances, speakers, film screenings, and book discussions about Indigenous history and culture. Read on to learn more about upcoming programs and recommended titles from our collection!
Shaleigh Howells, Cultural Resource Director of the Pamunkey Indian Museum and Cultural Center, will share tribal history, artifacts, and information about traditional lifeways of the Pamunkey Indian Tribe.
Speaker Molly M. Bowman will weave their own story of Indigenous Rhetoric and how you can use stories not only in the classroom but throughout all of life. We are all made of stories and tell them every day. Sit for a spell and enjoy the story of stories.
Come out the second Tuesday of every month for movies, local history presentations, genealogy, and more! Bring your own lunch; the Friends of the Library will provide coffee, tea and water. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, we will be screening a documentary on Virginia's Native Peoples and sharing a selection of titles in our collection from contemporary Native American authors.
Learn about the Indigenous Powhatan People of the Richmond region including their history, language, and culture. Presented by the Valentine in conjunction with the Twin Hickory Library. This is a Zoom presentation. Please register in advance.
Indian Horse (2019, NR, 101 min.): A boy grows up in a Canadian-Indian residential school in the 1970s, isolated from his tribe and Ojibwe heritage. With the help of a kindly clergyman, he strives to overcome the racism and stereotypes he faces on the ice hockey rink.
For thousands of years, Native people in the Southeast worked with local environments to ensure the well-being of their communities. VCU historian Gregory Smithers explores the ethos of environment and well-being by examining the long history of rivers in Native American history. His research reveals how the arrival of Europeans altered riverine ecologies and how Native Southerners are today reconnecting with local waterways to give new meaning to Native ecologies.
A historical novel based on the life of the National Book Award-winning author’s grandfather traces the experiences of a Chippewa Council night watchman in mid-19th-century rural North Dakota who fights Congress to enforce Native American treaty rights. Join us for a discussion of The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich.
Written by a botanist and member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, this work examines modern botany and environmentalism through the lens of the traditions and cultures of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Join us for Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
A myth-shattering work that draws on new evidence to reveal the massive enslavement of tens of thousands of North American Indians, from its beginnings in the early 1500s to its last gasp in the late 1800s. Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as historian Andres Resendez illuminates in The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Join us for a discussion of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andrés Reséndez.