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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

During Native American Heritage Month, sophomore Amelia Benjamin '24 offered an informative presentation about the legend of the Native American dreamcatcher to members of the Peer Ministry Club. She explained that there are five specific aspects of dreamcatchers. 

The students made their own dreamcatchers while listening to Native American music. They also compiled information regarding St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Native American dance, music, art, authors and literature, clothing and traditional foods in a PowerPoint that will be shared with the school community. 
 
They also watched a TED Talk by Tara Houska, a Native American tribal attorney who advocates on behalf of tribal nations.
 
Students in John Maldonado's freshmen classes (CP and Honors) read and discussed Native American history and heritage. They read poetry from Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry and U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise. They also read Volume 1 of Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection, which contains original stories and contemporary retellings – approved by tribal elders – of traditional stories.

Additionally, Kathleen McGroarty, Director of the Kennedy Library Media Center, shared that there is an entire database devoted to American Indian History from Infobase with access through our library website or here. The database includes maps, charts, primary sources, legislation, featured Native American people, videos, slideshows and much more.
Click here to view resources gathered by Mercy Education System of the Americas for Native American Heritage Month.
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