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Advising and Career Services Book and Film Club: Suggested content for Native American Heritage Month

The UW–Madison Advising and Career Services Book and Film Club is pleased to share videos, podcasts, and stories to help the advising and career services communities further understand the experience of Indigenous students, settler-colonialism, and Indigenization efforts in higher education.

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the history and contributions of Native People. As you celebrate your Thanksgiving holiday, please consider exploring the resources below to deepen your understanding of the historical significance of Thanksgiving as told through Indigenous stories and perspectives.

Decolonizing Thanksgiving

The Invention of Thanksgiving: Massacre, myths and the making of a great November holiday
Read the story
The Indians who joined the mistrustful Pilgrims, Wampanoag tradition suggests, were honoring a mutual-defense pact.

The Myth of Thanksgiving: Native American Perspectives on the Pilgrims
Watch the video
Inspired by the 2015 film The Pilgrims, American Experience presents a special discussion sharing Native American perspectives on the arrival of European settlers in New England 400 years ago. The conversation will examine the experiences of Native populations at the time of the settlers’ arrival, what is actually known about the first Thanksgiving, and how native tribes see themselves in today’s construction of the United States.

How to Decolonize Your Thanksgiving Dinner
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Learn from chef Nephi Craig, a member of the White Mountain Apache tribe, how to identifying foods that are indigenous to the Americas and asking yourself, “What do these ingredients mean to me?”

ThanksTaking or Thanksgiving?
Listen to the podcast
This episode talks with Wampanoag scholars Paula Peters and Linda Coombs, who tell us the real story of Thanksgiving, from an Indigenous Perspective.

Our Children’s Shared Future

Native American Heritage Month: 10 Children’s Book by Native Writers

Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools