Two Native American men paddle a canoe through a wild rice paddy. One of the men is tying wild rice to harvest.

6 must-watch clips to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

October 31, 2023 Alyssa Beno Leave a Comment

November is Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of Indigenous cultures that began as a week-long celebration in 1986. Every president since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments and contributions of Native American communities.

PBS Wisconsin invites you to celebrate by listening and learning from Indigenous and Native voices from Wisconsin and beyond with this collection of short videos.

Halluci Nation Rocks Brooklyn | Native America

In a club in Brooklyn, Bear Witness and Tim 2oolman Hill, the duo behind The Halluci Nation, an electronic music group, are putting a new spin on a traditional beat and taking power over how they represent themselves and Indigenous people.

Powwow Trail: Keeping the Beat | The Ways

How do singing and dancing provide an opportunity to bring communities together?

Contemporary powwows bring together Native Americans from many different Nations, providing opportunities to gather and celebrate. Learn how Dylan Jennings, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, dances the Men’s Traditional dance, which for him, mimics hunting movements.

Oneida White Corn Soup | Wisconsin Life

Rebecca Webster and Laura Manthe are close cousins and members of Wisconsin’s Oneida Nation. They make traditional white corn soup, a Native “slow food” that arrived long before slow food was cool. They believe returning to the traditional diet this soup represents could be part of the solution to racial and ethnic health disparities.

Wisconsin Country Music Minute: Bill Miller | University Place

Historian Bill C. Malone discusses the life and work of Wisconsin-born Bill Miller, a Grammy Award-winning flautist, guitarist, singer and songwriter whose work often celebrates his Native American heritage and his Christian faith.

The First Native American to Win the Pulitzer | American Masters

When N. Scott Momaday won the Pulitzer Prize for his book “House Made of Dawn,” it was a victory for the entire Native American community. Hear Jeff Bridges, Joy Harjo, Robert Redford and James Earl Jones explain the importance of Momaday’s writing.

Ojibwe artist Biskakone Greg Johnson | Craft in America

Greg Johnson is an Ojibwe tribal member, cultural practitioner and educator from Wisconsin committed to learning and teaching the traditional methods and crafts of the Ojibwe people. He has mastered the crafts of cedar bark mat weaving, beadwork, weaving winnowing baskets and winter bark basket making, moccasin sewing and canoe building.

1 thought on “6 must-watch clips to celebrate Native American Heritage Month”

  • Caryl Pfeiffer says:

    Thank you for sharing some of your traditions. I am happy to see you are passing on the traditions so they are not forgotten and also educate those outside of the tribal nations. Hopefully the continued education of Native American history will overcome the ignorance that still exists. Appreciating our many diverse cultures makes us a more empathetic, loving world. Thank you for continuing to show us who you are, who your ancestors were.

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