November is Native American Heritage month, making this time of the year the perfect opportunity to introduce your child to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. As ever, children's books are a great place to start, so we have some fun and informative recommendations to share with you! For more information about Native Amiercan Heritage Month and to discover how you can get involved, visit www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov
A Cherokee boy plants an apple seed, already seeing the apple tree is meant to be. But the little apple tree is not so sure. Young and impatient, it begins to doubt its calling after apples fail to appear that first fall. How can the boy convince the tree to give the seasons the time to work their magic? Written in English with Cherokee translation, this is a delightful and timeless tale.
Kunu is keen to make a pack basket, just like the other men on Indian Island. It turns out that making a basket isn't easy, and Kunu gets frustrated. Just when he gets ready to give up, his grandfather intervenes. Kunu's Basket introduces readers to a family tradition, and also shares a message to readers that it's important to be patient and gentle with yourself.
Based on true events, this tells the story of Buffalo Bird Woman, a Hidatsa Indian born around 1839. Through a combination of original artwork and archival photos, readers get a look into what it was like to be part of this Native American community on the Missouri River in the Dakotas, a society that depended on agriculture for food and survival rather than hunting.
"We were wealthy from the water" says tibal elder Mitch Smallsalmon. In Bulltrout's Gift, the wisdom of the elders is passed on to the young as the story of the Jocko River, the home of the bull trout, unfolds for a group of children on a school trip. Narrated in the tradition of the Salish and Kootenai Tribes, this features a strong conservation message about being good to the land that has been good to us.
A young warrior sets out on a search for food and instead discovers a creature called horse (Tasunka).
By the late 1800s, American buffalo were nearly extinct. This book tells the story of how one man and his family worked to save the buffalo.