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2023 Native American Heritage Month

Banner for Native American Heritage Month

Each year, we celebrate the rich and resilient cultures of Indigenous people for Native American Heritage Month during the month of November. The County of San Diego occupies the lands of the Kumeyaay/Diegueno, Luiseño, Cahuilla, and Cupeño people. Our County features the largest number of tribes and reservations: 18 federally recognized Tribal Nation Reservations, 17 Tribal Governments, and two Tribal Governments without federally recognized lands (source). San Diego Public Library strives to recognize Indigenous people through programs, library collections, and displays.


Featured Programs

Kumeyaay leader and Sycuan Cultural Center Coordinator, Ana “Martha” Gloria Rodriguez, smiles towards the viewer. She holds a woven basket. Rows of orange, yellow, and blue square dots serve as a border on the top and bottom of the image.

Create-It Thursday: Native American History Month with The Sycuan Cultural Center & Museum
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. | Skyline Hills Library

For Native American Heritage Month, we’re going beyond acknowledgement and learning about the first people in San Diego, the Kumeyaay. Join us with Ana “Martha” Gloria Rodriguez, the Cultural Coordinator of the Sycuan Cultural Center and Kumeyaay College Instructor. The center will be presenting about Kumeyaay culture and introducing some fun hands-on activities.
Registration required.

From Olmecs to Aztecs: 1800 BCE -1325 CE
Saturday, November 25, 2023 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Mission Hills Library

From Olmecs to Aztecs is a brief overview (2000 BCE – 1325 CE) about the peopling of ancient civilizations that inhabited Mesoamerica and their contributions to the development of their respective cultures. This includes horticultural development, mathematics, and forms of writing. This lecture will cover the Olmecs, the greatness of Teotihuacan, the Toltec state, the Tarascan kingdom, a brief summary of the Mayan empire, and the founding of the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan. This San Diego Oasis presentation is free to attend thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Mission Hills-Hillcrest Branch Library.


Children’s Programs

Teen and Adult Programs



Complete Set of Edward S. Curtis Folios

Complete Set of Edward S. Curtis Folios

This complete edition of Edward Curtis’ rare work The North American Indian, consist of volumes of illustrations and photographs chronicling traditional Native American culture.

San Diego Decameron Project

San Diego Decameron Project 
R is for Regret by Jeannie Meigs

A Native American writer and artist, Jeannie Meigs has experience ranging from editing an anthology to exhibiting artwork in the Cherokee Heritage Museum to co-teaching a graduate class on collaborative writing and indie publishing.

Visit: | Twitter: Jeannie Meigs.


The Kumeyaay - San Diego's First People


Book Displays


  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at CM
  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at CM
  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at CM
  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at SK
  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at CL
  • Book display for Native American Heritage Month at CM



Book Lists