Tuesday, November 19, 2019

American Indian Heritage Month

Update: Highline Indigenous People's Art Fest

You're invited! The Highline Indigenous Peoples Story, Film & Art Fest will take place on Saturday, November 23 at the Highline Heritage Museum from 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Highline Heritage Museum
819 Southwest 152nd Street
Burien, WA 98166

The event is free and open to everyone. Learn more about the performances and RSVP by visiting the Native Education Program Facebook page.

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Throughout November, Seattle Public Schools celebrate American Indian Heritage Month as an opportunity to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and acknowledge the important contributions of America's first peoples. There are 29 federally recognized Native American tribes in Washington state.

A Broadview-Thomson school wall board decorated to celebrate Native Heritage month with images and text "November is Native Heritage Month, but we are more than a Month.

At Broadview-Thomson K-8, school nurse Cass Wheelock-Rowse, Cree/Cherokee/Choctaw, lead the creation of an art display that includes a canoe with paddles that include the names of the 29 federally recognized Native American tribes of Washington state and photos from recent Northwest Tribal Canoe Journeys. Canoe Journeys are a celebrated annual event in which participants travel in ocean-going canoes across hundreds of miles to visit indigenous and local communities to honor and share tribal culture and traditions.

Seattle Public Schools recognizes and honors the important contributions to our communities made by our local, state and country's indigenous peoples. Approximately 2,000 people in the Seattle Public Schools community identify as Native American/Alaskan Native – from students and teachers to principals and associate principals. 


Anonymous said...

Pinagigi! And let's not forget Chandra Hampson, who will be sitting on the school board in the next few days. I can't wait.

Fed Up

Melissa Westbrook said...

Yes, the senior leadership in SPS will continue to be highly reflective of the NA community with both the Superintendent, Director DeWolf and Hampson on the board. I think that, outside of a NA community, this is probably the biggest representation in the city. And the Board welcomes what I believe is its first Latina rep in Lisa Rivera Smith.