Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month
Also known as National American Indian Heritage Month or National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, November is dedicated to paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Indigenous people throughout the United States.

November 1-30
Feature The Kava'i Hitevi program at Tortuga Ranch allows youths and their families to share their feelings through equine therapy. Listen to this story here. (PHOTO: Carolyn Yaussy/AZPM)
Enjoy a special collection of programs that highlight history, culture, and traditions of Native Americans on PBS 6, PBS 6 PLUS, and NPR 89.1, past stories available to stream anytime, and educational resources from PBS LearningMedia.

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Native America in the ClassroomPBS LearningMedia Explore the world created by America’s First Peoples with PBS' Native America. The four-part series reaches back 15,000 years, revealing massive cities aligned to the stars, unique systems of science and spirituality, and 100 million people connected by social networks spanning two continents. Explore More
Premieres November 23
Home From School: The Children of CarlisleWatch live or on demand This new feature from INDEPENDENT LENS dives into the history of Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, the first off-reservation government-funded boarding school for Native American children, who were stripped of their tribal identities and forced into an English-only, military-style remedial education. The film chronicles the modern-day journey of Northern Arapaho tribal members seeking to recover the remains of Arapaho children more than 100 years after they fell mortally ill and were buried on the school grounds. Watch a Preview
Story‘A safe haven, a home’ O’odham communities fight against border wall construction at Quitobaquito, a sacred Sonoran Desert spring.
StoryYaqui, O'odham sovereignty in the borderlands Federal recognition can be a complicated subject for Indigenous people whose land spans political borders.
StoryChanges coming for Tribal nations Secretary Deb Haaland discusses national building possibilities funded by the American Rescue Plan.
Celebrate the culture and contributions of Indigenous Peoples with these stories from AZPM.
We Are the Water Missing HomeWe Are the Water Missing Home Indigenous communities fight against border wall construction near a sacred Sonoran Desert spring. (10:06)
Deidra Peaches, FilmmakerDeidra Peaches, Filmmaker Deidra Peaches' journey in filmmaking has taken her to Alaska, the Sundance Film Festival, and the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19. (05:52)
The Bahidaj HarvestThe Bahidaj Harvest For thousands of years the Tohono O’odham have lived in the Sonoran Desert and for much of that time harvested the Bahidaj, the fruit of the Saguaro.
Pieces of TimePieces of Time The Arizona State Museum’s photographic collection is a powerful window in time for the museum’s staff and Arizona’s Indigenous people.
Two Spirit PowwowTwo Spirit Powwow Visit the 2nd Annual Two Spirit Powwow where the Native LGBTQ community is embraced and celebrated.
Pascua Yaqui Festival of the ArtsPascua Yaqui Festival of the Arts A unique celebration to showcase Native American artists that has evolved into an event for the whole family to enjoy.
The Colorado Plateau The Colorado Plateau A Native-led foundation works to protect sacred places, Native languages, and sustainable, community-based agriculture.
Change MakersChange Makers The challenges faced by Native entrepreneurs amid a time of major economic transition for Navajo and Hopi tribes.
Indigenous Peoples DayIndigenous Peoples Day The Tucson community comes together to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day.
Pride on the NationPride on the Nation Celebrating the LGBTQ and Two Spirit community on the Tohono O’odham Nation.
Stella TuckerStella Tucker Remembering the Tohono O'odham elder and face of the annual saguaro fruit harvest in southern Arizona
The Red RoadThe Red Road Celebrating resilience and sobriety in the Native American communities of southern Arizona.
The Smell of RainThe Smell of Rain The monsoon brings much needed rain to southern Arizona. For one member of the Tohono O’odham Nation, the rains are a sacred connection to the land and her ancestors.
Art Life - Terrol Dew JohnsonArt Life - Terrol Dew Johnson Terrol Dew Johnson is a complex figure living in multiple intersecting realities.
The Navajo BlanketThe Navajo Blanket What ever happened to the infamous Navajo Blanket, an Antiques Roadshow fan-favorite.
One Pot at a TimeOne Pot at a Time Piecing together the past through ancient Native American pottery
Gathering GlassGathering Glass In the Tohono O'odham Nation, two men are turning recycling into an act of redemption.
Native RunnerNative Runner For this champion, running is part of his culture.
Native HealingNative Healing Traditional American Indian ceremonies and practices are being used in mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities.
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