Native American Heritage Month 2022

The Diné, or Navajo People, welcome a baby into their community by celebrating the baby’s first laugh. As part of the celebration, the baby often receives a special gift of turquoise, and the meal might include rock salt, symbolizing a connection with the earth. Who gets to host this celebration? The person who first made the baby laugh! 

To celebrate 2022 Native American Heritage Month, you can read more about the Diné first laugh celebration and the traditions and experiences of other Indigenous Americans in the books below:

The featured authors and illustrators represent the following tribes and nations: Naaneesh’t’ezhi Tachii’nii nish’li (The Charcoal Streaked Division of the Red Running Into the Water Clan); Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin;  Cherokee Nation; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas; Upper Skagit; Muscogee Nation; Ho-Chunk Nation; Sandia Pueblo; Mdewakanton Oyate and enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation; Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, Belcourt, North Dakota; Nulhegan Abenaki; Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizen, Hawk Clan.

Also, we collected our Jazzy’s Native American Heritage Month Bookshelf for you here.