Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month at the Library
November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories, and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native peoples. Omaha Public Library (OPL) invites the community to attend a variety of programs offering entertainment and education about American Indians and the ways of tribal life. All programs are free, but space is limited and registration may be required. Visit omahalibrary.org or contact the hosting location for more information.
Several Native American Heritage Month programs will be presented through Humanities Nebraska (HN). HN provides major funding with support from the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Nebraska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
· Friday, Nov. 7, 4 p.m.: Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St, 402-444-6284, will host “Children’s Stories, Animal Stories, and Traditional Lakota Stories.” Jerome Kills Small, an Oglala Lakota, will share stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions, including iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends).
· Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.: Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St., 402-444-4846, will offer “Harvesting Food and Medicine in the Dakota Tradition” as part of its Common Soil Seed Library programming. Jerome Kills Small will describe the legends and uses of medicinal foods and plants that grow in the Missouri River Valley, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains.
· Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m.: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., 402-444-4850, welcomes Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones for “Kiowa Tales: Native American Stories.” Kiowa Tales are the stories, tales, and legends of Set-Angia, Sitting Bear’s Native American people. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, these stories reveal the Kiowa vision of the world—from the time of Creation to the coming of the white man. Attired in native dress, Sitting Bear brings the thinking and customs of his Kiowa people to the audience through his storytelling.
· Saturday, Nov. 15, 11 a.m.: Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Ln., 402-444-4848, will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with “Songs, Dances & Games of the Lakota.” Participants will hear captivating stories and play the Potato Dance Game, which is about friendship, trust, rhythm, harmony, balance and humor. This program will be presented by Jerome Kills Small, who has traveled extensively as a member of the Oyate Singers.
Several craft and history programs to honor American Indian culture will be offered at various OPL locations.
· Saturday, Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.: Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St., 402-444-5299, invites adults and teens to create their own dream catchers and learn about their cultural significance and history. Supplies will be provided.
· Wednesday, Nov. 5, 3:30 p.m.: School-aged children are invited to Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plz., 402-289-4367, to make an after-school craft that celebrates Native American Heritage Month.
· Saturday, Nov. 8, 2:30 p.m.: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St., 402-444-4800, presents Janice Schultz, former manager of the Midwest Genealogy Center. Schultz will speak about how to begin the quest to discover one’s Native American heritage and how to research ancestral history.
· Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m.: A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St., 402-444-5274, will dedicate toddler storytime to reading books, singing songs, playing games and making crafts that celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
· Saturday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m.: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave., 402-444-4849, invites children ages 7-12 to learn Native American history while making their own replica teepees.
Visit omahalibrary.org for information about additional programs offered at Omaha Public Library’s 12 metro locations.