Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by taking note of tremendous music honoring the traditions and experiences of the indigenous peoples of North America. Native American music often features flute and drums and can be spiritually healing or provide a rousing rhythm to move to.
Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by enjoying one of the many great films about the Native American experience. For far too long Native Americans were portrayed as the "bad guys" of Western films, I am thankful that Hollywood has adopted a more sympathetic attitude toward these heroic peoples.
Set among the Arapahos, The Spider's Web features Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley. Fellow author Tony Hillerman has called Coel "a master," and critics say her novels are "chock full of intrigue and imagination," and are "engaging blends of history, mystery, sexual tension and present-day life on the reservation." The books in the Wind River series do not have to be read in order.
Based on The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie, this film follows stoic Victor and storyteller Thomas who leave the Coeur D'Alene Indian Reservation and travel cross-country to pick up the ashes of Victor's father, who abandoned his family years before. Well-acted, funny and moving.