Celebrating Native American Heritage

Michelle H. Daino
The Mount Saint Mary Academy community has been celebrating November as Native American Heritage Month with a wide variety of activities and presentations.

Sophomore Amelia Benjamin '24 gave an informative presentation about the legend of the Native American dreamcatcher to members of the Peer Ministry Club last week.
Amelia explained that there are five specific aspects of dreamcatchers. You can read her full presentation by clicking here.
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. To view that presentation, click here.
They also watched a TED Talk by Tara Houska, a Native American tribal attorney who advocates on behalf of tribal nations.
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.
Sarah Hobbie '25 is pictured with the dreamcatcher she created during the Peer Ministry Club meeting on November 4th.
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