November is Native American Heritage Month, which celebrate the traditions, languages and stories of Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and affiliated Island communities. In honor of this month, the University of Washington School of Public Health faculty and staff recommended readings, podcasts, film and events at the intersection of Native American heritage and public health. These resources include those created by people at the UW and across the country.
Nonfiction and fiction books and poetry
By Robin Wall Kimmerer
Drawing on her life as an Indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings ― asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass ― offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices.
By BJ Cummings
The Duwamish River has been subject to two centuries of competing claims by Native tribes, early settlers, industrial pioneers and waves of immigrant communities. Today, the Duwamish River is polluted, but plans for cleanup and revitalization are underway, led by a new generation of pioneers who reimagine the Duwamish as "a river for all."
By Megan Asaka
Between the mid-nineteenth century and World War II, Seattle's urban workforce, mainly Indigenous peoples and Asian migrants, fueled the seasonal, extractive economy. Despite benefiting the city, these workers were consistently portrayed as obstacles to progress, and their historical presence is now scarcely visible in the current urban landscape.
By Thomas F. Thornton and Madonna L. Moss
Herring are vital to the productivity and health of marine systems, and socio-ecologically Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) is one of the most important fish species in the Northern Hemisphere. Revealing new findings about current herring stocks as well as the fish's significance to the conservation of intraspecies biodiversity, the book explores the role of traditional local knowledge, in combination with archeological, historical and biological data, in both understanding marine ecology and restoring herring to their former abundance.
By Beth Piatote
A collection of poetry and short stories that share Native history and experiences. The Beadworkers draws on Indigenous aesthetics and forms to offer a powerful, sustaining vision of Native life.
By Jessica Hernandez
An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn’t working ― and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors.
Edited by Nick Estes and Jaskiran Dhillon
Amid the Standing Rock movement to protect the land and the water that millions depend on for life, the Oceti Sakowin (the Dakota, Nakota and Lakota people) reunited. Through poetry and prose, essays, photography, interviews and polemical interventions, the contributors reflect on Indigenous history and politics and on the movement’s significance. Their work challenges our understanding of colonial history not simply as “lessons learned” but as essential guideposts for activism.
By Barbara Rose Johnston & Holly M. Barker
Anthropologists Barbara Rose Johnston and Holly Barker detail the consequences of the 1954 hydrogen test-bomb Bravo on the Rongelap people. Their work, based on declassified documents and research, contributed to a $1 billion award by the Nuclear Claims Tribunal, addressing issues of bioethics, government secrecy, human rights, military testing and academic activism.
Edited by Jacilee Wray
This book tells the story of nine tribes of Washington's Olympic Peninsula in a series of nine essays written by tribal members. Some of the shared history is also covered. The tribes covered include the Hoh, Skokomish, Squaxin Island, Lower Elwha Klallam, Jamestown S'Klallum, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Quinault, Quileute and Makah.
By Angeline Boulley
This story follows a young Native American woman named Daunis Fontaine who goes undercover to help the FBI find the source of a new lethal drug, drawing on her knowledge of chemistry and Ojibwe traditional medicine to track down the source.
By Oscar Hokeah
A moving and deeply engaging novel about a young Native American man as he learns to find strength in his familial identity.
By Louise Erdrich
Louise Erdrich's latest novel, The Sentence, asks what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader and to the book.
By Mona Susan Power
From the mid-century metropolis of Chicago to the windswept ancestral lands of the Dakota people, to the bleak and brutal Indian boarding schools, A Council of Dolls is the story of three women, told in part through the stories of the dolls they carried.
Edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith
A collection of intersecting short stories of kids gathering at an intertribal powwow in Michigan, each told from a different child's point of view.
6 Indigenous Climate Activists we’re celebrating, Green is the New Black
Research / journal articles
This five-part series introduces essential history and information to strengthen your ability to partner with American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) providers/organizations and better serve AIAN people.
A research guide from the University of Washington Libraries.
Part of the University of Washington School of Social Work, IWRI’s work is to support the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples to achieve full and complete health and wellness by collaborating in decolonizing research and knowledge building and sharing.
In this open letter, Eve Tuck calls on communities, researchers and educators to institute a moratorium on damage-centered research to reformulate the ways research is framed and conducted and to reimagine how findings might be used by, for, and with communities.
Since 1993, the Society has endeavored to strengthen and preserve Dakota, Lakota and Nakota cultures through the development of culture-based writing.
The current open data movement, focused on principles like FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable), falls short in addressing Indigenous peoples' rights and interests. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance emphasize people and purpose, urging the open data movement to consider both in advocating for data sharing while respecting Indigenous rights and promoting self-determination.
Indigenous peoples are underrepresented in occupations and careers related to genomics and the sciences. To address this problem, we are working with leaders in scientific and Indigenous peoples’ communities to create the Summer internship for INdigenous peoples in Genomics (SING) workshop.
The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community’s climate adaptation and action information portal shares progress, commitment and strategic actions in preparing the community for the impacts of climate-related warming and other changes.
This docuseries delves into the exploitative and genocidal aspects of European colonialism, exploring its impact on contemporary society and reframing Native American genocide and American slavery to prompt a reevaluation of how history is written.
A documentary by Derrick LaMere (Sinixt) that follows a trial regarding land rights that highlights the declaration of extinction of the Sinixt people by the Canadian government.
Four indigenous teenagers in rural Oklahoma steal, rob and save in order to get to the exotic, mysterious, and faraway land of California.
This community-directed documentary portrays the challenges faced by interior tribes in Suriname's Amazonia, addressing issues such as gold mining and mercury pollution. The film, "Indigenous Suriname," has been showcased in international film festivals, receiving awards and recognition for its impact on raising awareness about the struggles of Indigenous Amerindians.
The Langmuir Lecture is the preeminent public health lecture in the U.S. In 2023, Donald Warne, MD, MPH, delivered the 2023 lecture, Engaging Indigenous Communities to Promote Health Equity. Dr. Warne discussed the impact of historical trauma and policies that have marginalized Indigenous peoples in the United States on public health inequities.
How a string of custody battles over Native children became a federal lawsuit that threatens everything from tribal sovereignty to civil rights.
In Trust (Podcast)
In present-day Osage County, much land has shifted from Osage ownership through a combination of brutal events, like the Reign of Terror, and subtler processes over decades, facilitated by U.S. government policies. "In Trust" narrates the story of this system, illustrating the transfer of wealth from Native to white hands, laying the groundwork for a lasting American dynasty of land and influence.
Discussions on Indigenous history, politics and culture.
Lanzarotta, a historian of science and medicine at the University of Toronto School of Public Health and a specialist on the history of Indigenous health and healing, gives a lecture on the history of tuberculosis mitigation in Alaska during the mid-20th century.
Sunday, Nov. 19, 2023, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Free admission, special programming and cultural performances. Join us as we welcome members of the Indigenous community! Explore the Aquarium’s habitats and enjoy a variety of fun cultural activities, including tales from Indigenous storytellers.
Guma' Gela': Part Land, Part Sea, All Ancestry, June 9, 2023 – May 12, 2024
Featuring the work of the Guma' Gela', a queer CHamoru art collective made up of members from the Marianas and in the diaspora, the exhibit explores their motto "part land, part sea, all ancestry" through a broad spectrum of media.
November is our national Native American Heritage month! As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Burke presents daily opportunities — both at the museum and out in the community — to engage with the living traditions of Native American cultures.
Free admissions first Thursday of each month.