November is American Indian Heritage Month

Post Date:10/29/2013 8:00 AM

Traditional American Indian storytelling, cultural exhibits, wind and percussion concerts, lectures and family activities will be featured in November at the Norfolk Public Library (NPL) for American Indian Heritage Month.

Local artists, Michael Cloud-Butler and Sylvia Nery-Strickland will kick off the month-long series of events on Sunday, November 3, at the Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library with their program, A View from Indian Country. Delve into the worlds of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Virginia and the Lake Superior Band of Chippewa with a brief lecture, followed by songs, drumming, and a display. 

The Spirit Wings Musical Trio will take audiences to great heights with traditional and contemporary Native American music played on the wind flute and drums. This talented ensemble will present concerts at multiple NPL locations throughout the city. 

The Legacy of Weyanoke, an a cappella vocal ensemble, shares the “Coming Together” of the black (Africans) and the red (Native Americans), who blended history and culture 394 years ago when the first Africans settled in America in 1619 near the Weyanoke Indian Tribe in Charles City County. Learn the legacy through informal discussion, drumming, dancing and singing.

Bring the family to the Library to hear Alice “Elk Moon” Call from the Canadian based Métis Tribe spin traditional tales and create simple crafts.  Other American Indian Heritage Month events include Huichol crafts and a special reading of the book, Brother Eagle, Sister Sky.

Events are suitable for all age groups, and are free and open to the public. Visit the website at for program updates and to obtain a booklist.

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