National Native American Heritage Month 2021

November is National Native American Heritage Month.

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

Visit the FCPS LibGuide for National Native American Heritage Month

Wes Studi

Tribal Affiliation: Cherokee

The 73-year old Studi is a full-blooded Cherokee who became involved with the American Indian Movement in 1973. The civil rights group encourages self-determination among Native Americans and works to establish recognition of their treaty rights. Studi is an actor who has appeared in many television shows and movies, including Dances with Wolves and The Last of the Mohicans. He’s a Vietnam veteran who has written two books and enjoys working as a sculptor.

Maria Tallchief

Tribal Affiliation: Osage

Maria Tallchief was considered one of America’s greatest major prima ballerinas, the first Native American to told the title. She was born on an Osage reservation in Oklahoma and was trained as both a dancer and pianist. Tallchief was well-known for her performance of The Firebird, a ballet created by her husband George Balanchine. Later, she served as director of ballet at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.