53°

San Diego
Weather

Accessibility Tools

  • Check if your spelling is correct, or try removing filters.
  • Remove quotes around phrases to match each word individually: "blue drop" will match less than blue drop.
  • You can require or exclude terms using + and -: big +blue drop will require a match on blue while big blue -drop will exclude results that contain drop.

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.


Programs

Artwork by Summer Paa 'ila-Herrera Jones

Artwork by Summer Paa 'ila-Herrera Jones
November 7, 2022 - January 7, 2023 | Central Library's 2nd Floor | Learn More
 
Summer Paa'ila-Herrera Jones (she/her/hers) is a mixed race Native, indigenous to the unceded lands of the Payómkawichum (Luiseño) ‘atáaxum (The Indigenous Peoples of the West). Her art recognizes the unique modern experiences of the Native peoples of Southern California and how they combat systematic opressions and survive today.

DIY Talking Stick Craft

DIY Talking Stick Craft
Monday, November 14 | 6:00 p.m. | San Ysidro Branch Library | Learn More
 
Learn about the Native American people's tradition and the importance of listening and make your own talking stick with Miss Diana using beads, feathers and yarn for decoration.

Mission Valley Kids Book and Craft Club featuring Christine Day's "I Can Make This Promise"

Mission Valley Kids Book and Craft Club featuring Christine Day's I Can Make This Promise
Monday, November 14 | 4:00 p.m. | Mission Valley Branch Library | Learn More
 
Readers ages 8 to 11 will discuss a great book and create a craft focusing on I Can Make This Promise, which discusses issues that brought about the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978.

Autumn Indigenous Folktales Kamishibai Storytime

Autumn Indigenous Folktales Kamishibai Storytime
Tuesday, November 15 | 6:00 p.m. | University Heights Branch Library | Learn More
 
Let's celebrate Native American heritage with Indigenous folktales shared in a Kamishibai storytelling style. Tales will include a creation tale ("How the Rainbow Was Made") from the Ojibwe Nation. This story time program is presented by Write Out Loud San Diego.

Features

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: http://www.jeanniemeigs.com | Twitter: Jeannie Meigs.

 


Video

The Kumeyaay - San Diego's First People


Resources


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