Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month

November is Indigenous People's Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of Indigenous joy, community, and ongoing resistance. It's estimated that there are more than 370 million Indigenous people spread across 70 countries throughout the world. Denver, Colorado is located on the traditional land of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho people, who have been here since time immemorial.

We aim for these spaces and offerings to be a source of pride and empowerment for Indigenous community members, and to be a place to learn for non-Native community members. It's our hope that with this month we can provide a starting point, a place to begin, and that moving forward we collectively continue to celebrate every single Indigenous person and community past, present, and future as notable and worthy, regardless of the time of year. Thank you for joining us in this celebration!

 

Book Lists

Celebrate Indigenous People's Heritage Month throughout the month of November and year-round with books, movies, and music by Indigenous creators.

 

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Upcoming Events

  • This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.

    Aztec Stories

    3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Library Branch: Bear Valley Branch Library
    Room: Large Community Room
    Ages: Kids (ages 5 - 12)
    Program Type: Performance
    Event Details:
    A cultural, educational, musically interactive presentation for all ages!  With over 45 hand-made indigenous instruments, stories, poetry and narratives, Michael Heralda reveals from an indigenous perspective the beauty and sophis...
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    Aztec Stories

    10:30am - 11:30am
    Library Branch: Hadley Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Performance, Storytime
    Event Details:
    Aztec Stories is a cultural, educational, musically interactive presentation for all ages! Through the mediums of music, stories, narratives, and poetry, the beauty and high levels of sophistication of the ancient Mexica/Aztec people is revealed.Over...
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    Yarn Art

    2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Library Branch: Virginia Village Branch Library
    Room: Mead Community Room
    Ages: Kids (ages 5 - 12)
    Program Type: Arts and Crafts
    Event Details:
    Yarn art is a vibrant and colorful Mexican/ Indigenous folk art from the Sierra Madre region in Mexico. Participants will learn a yarn painting technique using cultural images. Ideal for ages 5 and up.  ...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Floor 5, Gates Conference Room
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: History
    Event Details:
    In the eighteenth century, women of New France’s fur trade had considerable influence that was unique in its time and place. These women were married to, born of, or siblings of men who were involved in the extensive trade with Indigenous nations tha...
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    Library Branch: Outreach/Off-site
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Outreach (private event only)
    Event Details:
    The folks from Indigenous Pop X will be doing a fundraiser at Tocabe, a Native American restaurant, in connection with Free Comic Book Day, and Scoot the book cart from Denver Public Library will be there to do library card sign-ups and give awa...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Conference Center: Rooms A, B, & C
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: History, Lectures and Presentations
    Event Details:
    Learn about the early mapping of Colorado, starting with the decades of the 1860’s, 70’s and 80’s. Antique Colorado maps reflect population drivers such as mining, ranching and the development of transportation in our state. The talk will also touch ...
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    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Library Branch: Ross-Barnum Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Exhibit
    Event Details:
    Visit our branch between July 24 and August 27 to check out the Art Lives Here exhibit that we are hosting from the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit features indigenous art from the Americas from long ago and today. Join us August 7 at 5 pm to learn...
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    Indigenous Pop X

    10:00am - 11:00am
    Library Branch: Outreach/Off-site
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Arts and Crafts, More Fun Stuff, Outreach (private event only)
    Event Details:
    Join Scoot and staff at Indigenous POP X Denver, the most exciting pop culture convention to hit the Mile High City! IPX Denver highlights the incredible artistic and creative contributions of Native American and Indigenous people in the ar...
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    Las Comadres Book Club

    1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Library Branch: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library
    Room: Floor 2, Eugene R. Lucero Conference Room
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs
    Event Details:
    The July 2019 book to be discussed is Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Again...
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    Indigenous Pop X

    10:00am - 11:00am
    Library Branch: Outreach/Off-site
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Arts and Crafts, More Fun Stuff, Outreach (private event only)
    Event Details:
    Join Scoot and library staff at Indigenous POP X Denver, the most exciting pop culture convention to hit the Mile High City! IPX Denver highlights the incredible artistic and creative contributions of Native American and Indigenous people i...
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    This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.
    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Library Branch: Ross-Barnum Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Exhibit, History, Lectures and Presentations, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    Learn from Denver Art Museum staff about their exhibit we are hosting highlighting indigenous art from long ago and today. Presented in English and Spanish. Aprende de un empleado del Denver Art Museum sobre la exhibición que presentamos...
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    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Registration
    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Floor 7, Vida Ellison Gallery
    Ages: Adult, Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Author Visits
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Join us for a discussion and reading with Denver author Kali Fajardo-Anstine from her debut short story collection, Sabrina & Corina. In this collection, Fajardo-Anstine's unforgettable indigenous Latina characters navigate change, love, family, ...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Floor 7, Training Room
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: History
    Event Details:
    Hämäläinen will explore the Lakota’s roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveal how they reinvented themselves twice from the 16th century through the early 21st century: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley and then--in what ...
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    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Conference Center: Rooms A, B, & C
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: History, Lectures and Presentations
    Event Details:
    Sacagawea’s capture is used to illuminate a deeper history and geography of the northern plains and Rockies. The lecture will include discussions of indigenous warfare, hunting techniques, environmental conditions, horse-borne interactions, and ...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Author Visits, History, Lectures and Presentations
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Today more than ever, Americans are being asked to revisit historical injustices. One of the lesser known injustices in American history is the forced assimilation of Native American children through U.S. government schools. In this presentation and ...

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    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult, Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Author Visits, History, More Fun Stuff
    Event Details:
    Danielle SeeWalker, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, is a Hunkpapa & Oglala Lakota artist, writer, and mother based in Denver, Colorado. She serves as a Commissioner with the Denver American Indian Commission a...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    Join Denver Public Library book advisor extraordinaire Lainie for a flash book buzz featuring hot new and forthcoming titles that you just have to know about! This edition's special focus: indigenous voices. Give us 15 minutes, we'll g...
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    This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.
    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Registration
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Music, Older Adults, Performance
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Honor First Nations and learn about the Indigenous history of Colorado with Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho dancer, Sarah Ortegon. Sarah began touring with Native Pride Dancers after receiving the Miss Native American, USA title in 20...
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    This event is in the "Teen (ages 13 - 17)" group.
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult, Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: History, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    PLEASE NOTE: This event, originally scheduled for May 8, has been postponed to May 22. World over, Zimbabwe is probably the only country named after an archaeological site – (i.e. Great Zimbabwe). Today, the most outstanding material remains are t...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Arts and Crafts, Health and Wellness, History, Lectures and Presentations, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    Virtual Memory Cafe is a fun place to socialize, relax, and engage with people experiencing memory loss and their families/caregivers. Each cafe has a focus—such as music or art—to facilitate the main goal, which is a social connection for individual...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Author Visits, Civic Engagement, Health and Wellness, Lectures and Presentations, More Fun Stuff, Older Adults
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Considering the effects of oppressive systems on the mind, body, and soul, how do those hurt by oppression heal? How do we deconstruct systems of oppression while simultaneously reconstructing systems of support that cultivate individual and communit...
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    Yak, Snack and Read

    4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs
    Event Details:
    The book for the month of June will be "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States." "Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Outreach/Off-site
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Outreach (private event only)
    Event Details:
    J​on Marcantoni​ (​jon.marcantoni@tatteredcover.com​) is the local author coordinator at Tattered Cover and hosted the first ​Tattered Cover ​writers salon dedicated to Latinx community​ in conjunction with CALMA​ Friday evening. DPL was ab...
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    Registration
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs, History, Lectures and Presentations
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Conflict Resolution Month in Colorado annually recommends a community read exploring conflict and encouraging understanding through conversations. This year's selection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings: Poems, by U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, dra...
  • This event is in the "Adult" group.
    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Lectures and Presentations, Social Events
    Event Details:
    As of 2016, the National Crime Information Center has reported 5,712 cases of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls. Strikingly, the U.S Department of Justice's missing person database has only reported 116 cases. In honor of W...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs, Older Adults
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Are you passionate about social justice and want to connect with like-minded individuals? We will meet virtually over tea and have lively discussions on topics around injustice and inequality. This month we will be discussing Braiding Sweetgrass: Ind...
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    Library Branch: Ford-Warren Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Dance, History, Lectures and Presentations, More Fun Stuff, Older Adults, Performance
    Event Details:
    Capoeira is an exciting art and cultural expression that is a manifestation of Afro-Brazilian culture with strong African Roots, a product of the African Diaspora in South America. Enslaved African people who were forcibly moved from Western regions ...
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    Library Branch: Green Valley Ranch Branch Library
    Room: Community Room (Full Room)
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Dance, History, Lectures and Presentations, More Fun Stuff, Older Adults, Performance
    Event Details:
    Capoeira is an exciting art and cultural expression that is a manifestation of Afro-Brazilian culture with strong African Roots, a product of the African Diaspora in South America. Enslaved African people who were forcibly moved from Western regions ...
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    Library Branch: Bob Ragland Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Dance, History, Lectures and Presentations, More Fun Stuff, Older Adults, Performance
    Event Details:
    Capoeira is an exciting art and cultural expression that is a manifestation of Afro-Brazilian culture with strong African Roots, a product of the African Diaspora in South America. Enslaved African people who were forcibly moved from Western regions ...
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    Library Branch: Ross-Barnum Branch Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Dance, History, Lectures and Presentations, More Fun Stuff, Older Adults, Performance
    Event Details:
    Capoeira is an exciting art and cultural expression that is a manifestation of Afro-Brazilian culture with strong African Roots, a product of the African Diaspora in South America. Enslaved African people who were forcibly moved from Western regions ...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Civic Engagement, History, More Fun Stuff, Movies, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    Join us for a book-club style documentary and discussion series. All film selections are available to stream for free kanopy.com or elsewhere. View the film at your leisure anytime leading up to the online video discussion, then simply CLIC...
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    This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.
    Library Branch: Smiley Branch Library
    Room: Basement Community Room
    Ages: Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12)
    Program Type: Storytime
    Event Details:
    In honor of Indigenous People's Heritage Month, join us for an All-Ages Oral Storytime with Steven LaPointe. Steven LaPointe is from the Owl Bonnet Clan of the Sicangu Lakota of South Dakota. He will share oral stories and songs with his drum. ...
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    This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.
    Library Branch: Central Library
    Room: Floor 1, Children's Library
    Ages: Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12)
    Program Type: Storytime
    Event Details:
    In honor of Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, join us for an all-ages oral storytime! It will be led by Steven LaPointe from the Owl Bonnet Clan of the Sicangu Lakota of South Dakota. He will share oral stories and songs with his drum. ...
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    Library Branch: Virtual Programming
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Book Clubs, Older Adults
    Registration Required
    Seats Remaining: Unlimited
    Event Details:
    Are you passionate about social justice and want to connect with like-minded individuals? We will meet virtually over tea and have lively discussions on topics around injustice and inequality. We will be discussing Winter Counts by David Heska Wan...
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    This event is in the "Kids (ages 5 - 12)" group.
    Library Branch: Ross-Barnum Branch Library
    Room: Community Room #1
    Ages: Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12)
    Program Type: Storytime
    Event Details:
    In honor of Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month, join us for an all-ages oral storytime! Steven LaPointe is from the Owl Bonnet Clan of the Sicangu Lakota of South Dakota. He will share oral stories and songs with his drum. ...
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    Library Branch: Central Library
    Ages: Adult, Birth-Pre-K (ages 0 - 5), Kids (ages 5 - 12), Teen (ages 13 - 17)
    Program Type: Social Events
    Event Details:
    **CANCELED DUE TO POTENTIAL INCLEMENT WEATHER**   On November 29, 1864, around 675 volunteer soldiers attacked a peaceful village of 750 Cheyenne and Arapaho people along Sand Creek in southeastern Colorado territory. While many people man...
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    Blue Corn Pancakes

    12:15pm - 1:00pm
    Library Branch: Westwood Branch Library
    Ages: Adult
    Program Type: Cooking and Food, Older Adults
    Event Details:
    Tired of the same old, buttermilk pancakes? Join us for a culinary breakfast delight: blue corn pancakes. Learn the history of using blue corn in indigenous cooking and how to prepare these tasty and healthy pancakes. Of course, taste testing w...

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