Native American Heritage Month

The Navajo People, or Diné, 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! 

You can read more about the Navajo People’s 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; Muscogee Creek Nation; Mdewakanton Oyate and enrolled on the Rosebud Reservation; Muscogee Creek Nation; Cherokee Nation; Turtle Mountain Chippewa; Pueblo of Acoma; Atikameksheng Anishnawbek; Mohawk; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas; Upper Skagit; Kiiyaa’áanii (Towering House Clan); and Wasauksing First Nation.