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Indigenous People’s Heritage Month for Kids

November is Indigenous People’s Heritage Month. Families can recognize the month through various events and activities that reflect on the cultures, traditions, and history of the Bay Area’s first peoples. For parents and teachers, here is a helpful resource to fill in any knowledge gaps and start conversations with kids.

Indigenous People’s Heritage Month Events in the East Bay

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Crafts @ Library: Native American Heritage Month @ Manor Branch | San Leandro Public Library, San Leandro

Friday, November 11, 2022

5:00 pm - 9:00 pm: Indigenous Peoples’ Month Celebration @ Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), Oakland

Sunday, November 13, 2022

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: California Native People & Plants, a family-friendly tour @ Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Berkeley

Saturday, November 19, 2022

11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Decolonized Kitchen - Holiday Edition @ Elmhurst Branch | Oakland Public Library, Oakland

Indigenous People’s Heritage Month Activities for Families

There are many ways to recognize Indigenous People’s Heritage Month. We’re highlighting a few ideas:

Read a book or listen to a podcast. This free resource includes several books, podcasts, movies, and activities to introduce to your family to learn more about indigenous communities.

Look for a visual land acknowledgment at 2025 Addison St in Berkeley. The beautiful mural may serve as an opening to begin conversations within your family.

View indigenous art. San Francisco’s de Young Museum has a wide collection of Native American art on display from the diverse cultures and native peoples of The United States and Canada. The museum offers free admission to Bay Area residents every Saturday.

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Visit a cultural center or museum. Families can learn about tribal lands and peoples throughout the state during a visit to cultural centers, events, and lands. Find lists here and here.

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Beautiful mural inside Wahpepah’s Kitchen | Photo: Mickey D. via Yelp

Dine at an indigenous restaurant. Plan a date night or bring well-behaved kids to Cafe Ohlone or Wahpepah’s Kitchen, East Bay restaurants that celebrate indigenous food, culture, and community.

Shop indigenous artisans and businesses. The Indigenous Red Market in Oakland is a great place to start. Browse goods from artisans and vendors, plus enjoy the cultural performances of musicians and dancers. The market takes place on the first Sunday of each month.

Attend the American Indian Film Festival. The festival runs November 4-12 in San Francisco. This may be best for adults or teens.

 

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