Native American Heritage Day is celebrated immediately after Thanksgiving. It is an opportunity to honor and learn about the people who originally inhabited the lands of what is now known as the United States of America. During their existence, they faced many challenges, yet they were able to preserve their heritage for posterity.
The holiday was supported by US President George W. Bush in 2008, which made the indigenous people very happy. He believed that the date should be used to recognize the importance of their contributions to the country. Native American cultures have made a great contribution to the development of the United States and it is important not to forget their culture, achievements and traditions.
Unfortunately, there is a darker side to the holiday that many people prefer to ignore. This involves the lives of people who died during the colonization process due to violence and diseases introduced by Europeans. Although the world has moved on, it is important to do everything possible to ensure that such atrocities are never repeated.
- Researchers believe that Native Americans first settled in the lands of America around 12 BC. It is likely that they had migrated from Asia.
- Native Americans only received official citizenship of the United States in 1924.
- Since 1976, there have been weekly awareness events for indigenous people and in 2009, a whole month was dedicated to them when President Barack Obama issued a decree.
- In 2018, Native American women participated in Congress for the first time.
- Native Americans make up just over 2% of the total population as of 2019.
How to take part
There are several ways to get involved in Native American Heritage Day. Firstly, you can learn more about the history of Native Americans by reading books, articles and studies. Secondly, you can learn more about the culture and traditions of your ancestors and share this knowledge with your friends. Thirdly, you can participate in events dedicated to the date. Finally, you can prepare a traditional Native American dish and treat your loved ones to it.
When is National Native American Heritage Day celebrated in 2023?
National Native American Heritage Day is observed on the day after Thanksgiving each year.