Native American Heritage Month 2023

Native American Heritage Month 2023

Nov. 2, 2023

November 1-30

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In November, we honor Indigenous contributions to the arts, media, academia, social justice movements, and more.


University Libraries host a wide array of resources focused on American Indians, including the North American Indian Drama database, which contains over 250 plays from American Indian and First Nation playwrights, and access to more than 200 years of Indigenous journalism from the U.S. and Canada through American Indian Newspapers. Learn about the American Indian Movement and Native American Radicalism, including FBI documentation on AIM as well as informant reports and materials (first image below).

Research guides include American Indian Studies and Information from Non-Dominant Perspectives. You can also find more American Indian Studies resources in the A-Z Database guide. Search the Arizona Archives Online repository for different archival collections focused on Native Nations of Arizona. 

Historical images

Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Throughout November we are sharing images our Special Collections student employees have chosen, such as this one of a young Yaqui woman in the 1930s (second image below), on our social media accounts Facebook, Instagram, and X (@uazlibraries).

Books That Matter-Indigenous Peoples book spotlight

Poet Warrior by Joy Harjo

One of the many books in our Book That Matter Indigenous Peoples collection is this literary journey along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of Harjo's poet warrior road. A musical, kaleidoscopic meditation, "Warrior" reveals how Harjo came to write poetry of compassion and healing, poetry with the power to unearth the truth and demand justice.

Books That Matter is a print collection of more than 100 titles located on the floor of the Main Library which support our commitment to social justice and antiracism.

Recommended reads

The University of Arizona Press staff chose to these books to showcase Native American authors and topics.