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Commemorating Native American Heritage Month

November commemorates Native American Heritage Month; enjoy this article that presents Land Acknowledgements, Online Resources and Museum Exhibits, Poetry by Native American writers, and Native American/Indigenous owned businesses to support.

Land Acknowledgments

Much of what we call "The Central Valley" is built upon the land of the Yokuts people. Many of the Yokuts used to live near and utilize Tulare Lake, but the lake was largely reduced in size during the 19th century for colonizers'/settlers' agricultural practices.

Thousands of Native Americans in California, including the Yokuts, were massacred or enslaved during the California genocide that took place between 1846-1873.

Today, there are about 2,000 Yokuts enrolled members.


Site: Native Land - Map of Native Land in the USA and Around the World

Video: ABC 30 Report - Yokut Indians of the Central California Valley

Website: Tachi Yokut Tribe Official Site

Page: Tulare Lake Wiki

Page: Yokuts People Wiki


Online Resources, Exhibits, Videos of Interest

Artbound: The Art of Basketweaving by PBS

An Indigenous-perspective opera: Artbound: Sweet Land: The Making of a Myth by PBS


Native American Innovations

  • Corn

  • Rubber

  • Kayaks

  • Snow goggles

  • Cable suspension bridges

  • Raised-bed agriculture

  • Baby bottles

  • Anesthetics and topical pain relievers

  • Syringes

  • Hammocks

  • Oral contraceptives

  • Mouthwash

  • Lacrosse

  • Moccasins

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Poetry to Commemorate Native American Heritage Month

Click on each image to visit the texts' site.

Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing.


Native American/Indigenous Owned Businesses to Support

The author's favorite Indigenous owned stores include the bookstores Birchbark Books in Minneapolis, MN, and Massy Books in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

👗💄🪔(Clothing, home goods, makeup, etc).

Back, Corrie Ann."10 Indigenous-owned businesses you can support today."

Matador Network, 2020. Oct 12.


So much! - Beauty, clothing, blankets, books, jewelry, food/drink, home goods, music~

Brown, Toyakoyah. "Our Favorite Places to Shop for Native American

Products."PowWows. 2020. Jan 31.



Homen, Jenna. "Indigenous-Owned Bookstores in the USA and Canada." 2020.

Nov 2. Libro.

💍🍫(Clothing, jewelry, chocolate).

The Denizen Co. "10 Native-Owned Brands That You Should Know About." The

Denizen Co. N.D.


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