Celebrating Native American Heritage Month With Your Troop
For Girl Scouts on a mission to change the world, November is a great time to open the door to learning about cultures that may be different from our own. Each November, Native American Heritage is celebrated to honor the rich traditions and histories of the first Americans, while also promoting a greater understanding of indigenous peoples today.
Looking for ideas to celebrate this month with your troop? Here are ways that you can share Native American Heritage with your girls:
Tell stories on a cold night
There is a rich tradition of storytelling among indigenous people, and you can celebrate Native American Heritage Month by continuing this custom. Many of the tales were reserved for only the winter months when some animals hibernated. How about a troop storytelling night? Check out this reading list to get your stories flowing.
Visit a museum
The Arizona State Museum offers a core exhibit titled "Paths of Life: American Indians of the Southwest". Consider hosting a troop meeting to explore the origins, histories, and contemporary ways of life of ten groups native to the region: Seri, Tarahumara, Yaqui, O'odham, Colorado River Yumans, Southern Paiute, Pai, Apache, Hopi, and Navajo. As of this posting, the ASM is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but offers a virtual reality tour and online resources to accompany your troop meeting!
Honor the Earth
Native Americans have always had a deep connection to the land, sea, sky, and animals. Consider celebrating Native American Heritage Month by using resources wisely, and making the world a better place. Even small gestures can make a big difference! Help your troop begin a list of ways they can help the environment (and encourage them to practice at least one of them daily!)-- here are just a few things to get you started:
Swap plastic water bottles for a reusable water bottle
Turn off the light when you leave a room
Start a garden with your troop or family
Turn off the water when you brush your teeth
Discover amazing Native American heroines
Native American women have been forging the way for girls for centuries! This post from Girl Scouts of the USA (an oldie, but a goodie) highlights the stories of some incredible Native American heroines.
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However you and your troop choose to celebrate this November, take pictures and share with us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on our social media, blog, or newsletters!