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November is Native American Heritage Month

The California State Indian Museum is located downtown on 27th and K Street. Evan E. Duran | [email protected].

Editor’s note: The Cultural Awareness Center will host a Native Americans in the public eye event on Nov. 29 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

There are 565 American Indian tribes that are federally unrecognized. November is for all of them.

November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage month. Native people lived prosperously for thousands of years in what now is California.

Heritage month is an enjoyable month to celebrate and learn about their diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the importance of the contributions of native people.

In Sacramento, you can learn about the native people, their history and their culture by going to the State Indian Museum.

The museum, opened downtown in 1940 next to Sutter’s Fort, is celebrating heritage month by hosting a series of events. Traditional skill workshops in soapstone carvings, Indian breading, cordage making, clapstick making, and native hand games are offered.

Native artisans from all over California are offering handmade arts and crafts for sale, including jewelry, basketry, painted gourds, ornaments and leather goods.

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Native American Heritage Month started at the turn of the 21st century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the country.

In the early 1990s, Dr. Arthur C. Parker, who was of Seneca ancestry, was one of the very first proponents of American Indian Day.

The whole month was then designated for a purpose: Native American people didn’t have a voice. They had to keep quiet about being marred by violence and being mistreated, for centuries. Native Americans faced cruel injustice and broken promises.

Native American Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and plight of Native Americans—and gives voice to a once voiceless, but valuable, people group.

The State Indian Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for youth (ages 6-17) and free for children five and under. The museum is located at 2618 K Street.

For more information, please contact the museum directly at (916) 324-0971.

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