Indigenous People's Heritage Month Events

Gather Film Panel Discussion

Wednesday, Nov. 10, 5:30-7 p.m., Online

Join Gather cast members Twila Cassadore and Nephi Craig in a conversation about the film (available for free with a Denver Public Library card on Kanopy) and the growing movement among Native communities to reclaim their spiritual, political, and cultural identities through food sovereignty.

Branch Renaming Ceremony: John “Thunderbird Man” Emhoolah Jr. Branch Library

Saturday, Nov. 13, 1 - 4 p.m. at the to be renamed John “Thunderbird Man” Emhoolah Jr. Branch Library 675 Santa Fe Dr. 

The Denver Public Library will host a community celebration for the renamed John “Thunderbird Man” Emhoolah Jr. Branch Library. The community is invited to join to honor the legacy of John “Thunderbird Man” Emhoolah Jr. and celebrate the renaming of the branch. Open to the public, all ages welcome.

Virtual Social Justice Book Club (18+)

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6-7:30 p.m., Online

Are you passionate about social justice and want to connect with like-minded individuals? We will meet virtually over tea for lively discussions on topics around injustice and inequality. This month we will be discussing The Only Good Indians: a novel by Stephen Graham Jones and Fry Bread: a Native American Family Story (picture book) by Kevin Noble Maillard.  


Read It Or Don't LGBTQ Book Club: A Two Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby

Thursday, Nov. 18, 7-8 p.m., Online

A panel of guests will present themes found A Two Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby, and how they relate to our community. A lively discussion gives you the chance to ask questions. If you’ve read the book, you’re sure to find the conversation interesting. But no book report required! If you haven’t read the book, just enjoy the program and maybe you will discover a new author or new perspective. To attend, visit on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., and click on the video window and watch the program live stream. A recording will also be accessible after the program.


Doc & Talk: Sand Creek Massacre

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 7-8 p.m., Online

Join us for a documentary and discussion series. This month we’re discussing the PBS documentary Colorado Experience: Sand Creek Massacre, which revisits the horrific events that took place in 1864 and uncovers its history 150 years later. View the film on the Rocky Mountain PBS YouTube channel before the program, then join us to discuss it at


Sand Creek Massacre Candlelight Vigil

Monday, Nov. 29, 6-7 p.m. @ Central Library

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. Over the course of eight hours, 230 Cheyenne and Arapaho people were brutally massacred, many of whom were women, children, and the elderly. In commemoration of the Sand Creek massacre, we ask you to join us for a candlelight vigil. We will gather at the Broadway entrance of the Central Branch Library and walk together to the State Capital. Candles and light refreshments will be provided.  

Engage! November 2021

Cover of Engage! issue. Meadow Yellow Hawk dancing in their Native American Pow Wow attire.