Celebrate Native American Heritage

Four pictures in a row picture a storyteller, singer, hoop dancer, and cover of We Are Water Protectors.

Join the celebration of Native American Culture and Resilience on Saturday, Nov 6 from 11 am to 3 pm at HCLS East Columbia Branch.

In an interview with Ani Begay Auld, member of the Navajo Nation and owner of Navabedine.com, she wants you to know, “We are still here. A lot of people put Native Americans into this certain time frame … like we’re relics from the past.” Nearly 600 federally recognized Native Nations exist, with dozens more recognized solely by states. Here in Maryland, the Piscataway Conoy and the Accohannock Nations are recognized, and Howard County sits on land that belonged to the Susquehannock nation. At one time, at least eight nations lived in Maryland.

Auld also recommends that you, “Seek out films or books written by native authors and look at the land that you’re on.” The author of the award-winning children’s book, We Are Water Protectors, will be part of the FREE event that also features dancing, singing, drumming, storytelling, children’s crafts, vendors, Navajo Tacos, and more. The line-up includes:

  • Rose Powhatan, Storyteller
  • Lance Fisher, Singer
  • Angela Gladue, Hoop Dancer
  • Chris Eaglehawk, Traditional Dance
  • Karelle Hall, Nanticoke Toe Dance
  • Sonny Elm, Smoke Dance
  • AND
  • Carole Lindstrom, author and #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal, at 2 pm

This event is a collaboration between Nava Be Diné, Howard County Library System, County Executive Calvin Ball, and Howard County Office of Human Rights and Equity.

This free event will be held outside the HCLS East Columbia Branch unless inclement weather causes the event to move inside the branch. Masks are required.

Registration is optional and appreciated.

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