November is Native American Heritage Month.
I am using this month to focus on aspects of Native culture and history. I will be focusing on a different area each week this month and will share weekly posts on our activities and lessons.
This weekend we participated in an event at our local library branch, hosted by the Cherokee Township of San Antonio. The volunteers shared some history of the Cherokee Nation along with a traditional story about the corn goddess Selu and the mythology of the corn husk doll. Younger participants were then shown how to make their own corn husk doll.
This was a great event and an excellent start to our month-long study of Native American culture. This week we will be learning about the different tribes and where they were traditionally found. We will also be spending a fair amount of time on traditional stories and mythologies. Since my family heritage is Cherokee and Lenni Lenape, our focus will be primarily be on these two tribes. In upcoming weeks we will spend time cooking traditional foods, making crafts, and exploring the Cherokee and Lenape languages.