TRL Celebrates Native American History throughout November


Timberland Regional Library (TRL) invites the community to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, histories, and contributions of Native people throughout November.

November is Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. TRL is celebrating by highlighting materials that honor and celebrate the histories, diverse cultures, and accomplishments of Native people.

Timberland Regional Library Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Sarah Little helped put together the content and resources for Native American History Month.

“We celebrate Native American Heritage Month in order to honor and thank the tribal communities we serve,” Little said.

Throughout the month, TRL.org and each library location will feature staff-selected materials and resources highlighting the voices and perspectives of Native people.

Patrons can search “Native American Heritage” in the online catalog to find books, movies, and other materials available for checkout.

For more Native American content, patrons can use their TRL library card to access these online resources for free:

  • Kanopy
  • PressReader
  • Washington Rural Heritage Project
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Northwest Digital Heritage

In the spirit of Native American Heritage Month, TRL also has revealed a beautiful new library card designed by artist Ovila Mailhot, Coast Salish (Sto:lo and Nlaka’pamux Nations) graphic artist and designer. The card is available at all locations while supplies last.

“My art is meant to add to a continuum within Coast Salish culture, one so rich and expansive that it still hasn’t been fully actualized within or received by mainstream culture,” Mailhot said.

Those interested in learning more about Coast Salish people can visit BurkeMuseum.org.

Timberland Regional Deputy Director Kendra Jones said it is important for TRL to acknowledge that the organization operates within the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people and Chinook people.

As such, TRL provides library services to tribes that extend beyond the geographic limits of Lewis, Mason, Thurston, Pacific and Grays Harbor counties.

"We strive for respectful partnerships with all people as we search for collective healing and learn how to be better stewards of the indigenous lands we inhabit,” Jones said.

For more resources and information on Native American History Month, visit the TRL.org Celebrations page.


No comments on this item Please log in to comment by clicking here