Community Cultural & Diversity Calendar

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Stop here to find family-friendly, educational, and racial & social justice oriented events going on in or around the area.

In 1976, Congress authorized a week in October as Native American Awareness Week in celebration of American Indians. In 1990, President George Bush designated November as ‘National American Indian Heritage Month,’ to celebrate the history, arts, and traditions of the American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

In 2014, the state of Washington designated the fourth Friday in November as Native American Heritage Day, a state and school legal holiday, as under state law, state offices and schools are already closed the day after Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday of the month).


Events In Spokane – NOVEMBER 2022

The below list of Spokane area diversity/cultural events and activities were compiled and provided by Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details. Thank you!

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Local Events In Spokane

  • Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Day) Catrinas Cultural Displays
    Check out the beautiful ofrendas (alters) throughout downtown: 3rd floor Spokane Downtown Library, Riverpark Square near Nordstrom on the 1st level, Nyne Bistro and Frida display at the Davenport Lobby.
    Dates: Tuesday, November 1-4, 2022
    Location: multiple
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit here
  • How the Movies Prepared Us for the Pandemic
    Great city streets emptied of people; a population panicked; misinformation in the air. If some of our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic seemed familiar, it might be because the movies already imagined them. Whether the cause is environmental factors (The Day After Tomorrow, Snowpiercer, Contagion), nuclear disaster (On the Beach), or unexplained doomsday (Midnight Sky, Children of Men), film has explored what it looks like when the “Big One” hits—and how we might react.
    In this talk illustrated with clips, Robert Horton (he/him) looks at the eerie imagery of apocalyptic movies and how these films foreshadowed our responses during the pandemic: The extremes of divisiveness and community-building, the loneliness of isolation, and the tantalizing possibility of starting over again—but maybe doing it better this time. Horton, a member of the National Society of Film Critics, was the longtime film reviewer for the Seattle Weekly, Everett Herald, and KUOW. He now hosts the radio program, The Music and the Movies. Horton lives in Vashon.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Sno-Isle Libraries, Lakewood/Smokey Point Library.
    Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2022
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here
  • Teen Leadership Council
    Use your creativity and ideas help plan programs and work on projects on this influential team. Earn service hours, while building up your job or college resume. For grades 7-12. Snacks will be provided.
    Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Location: Spokane Valley Library, 12004 E Main Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please call (5090 883-8400.
  • Coyote Made the Rivers: Indigenous Ecology and the Sacred Geography of Song
    Presented by Chad S. Hamill/čnaq’ymi (Spokane Descendent). With a blend of music, visual imagery, storytelling, and research, this piece of holistic scholarship will utilize Coyote stories about the Columbia River and its tributaries as a springboard for examining the current state of river health. In addition, it will explore the ways in which Native nations in the region have exercised resilience and resistance in maintaining their relationship with their ancestral homelands. Emphasizing traditions not dissimilar from those in other Indigenous communities, the objective will be to illuminate perspectives that take on added urgency in the era of climate change.
    This program is presented by Native American Studies and sponsored in part by the Robert K. and Ann J. Powers Chair of the Humanities.
    Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, Gonzaga University
    Cost: Free, tickets available at the door
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington
    Washington’s rural communities are rapidly changing. Formerly reliant on working-class industries like mining, oil, and agriculture, an influx of wealthy amenities, outdoor recreation, and cultural activities has occurred. But in doing so, these  newcomers are causing new inequalities.
    Jennifer Sherman (she/her), professor of sociology, will discuss both the glaring and the hidden effects of rural gentrification. Through the lens of a rural Washington community, Sherman explains how “class blindness” protects those with more privilege from fully recognizing social class inequalities. She advocates for the importance of getting to know the neighbors who are least like us so that we can minimize destructive social divides together. Sherman is a professor of sociology at Washington State University. Her qualitative research focuses on poverty and inequality, mainly in the rural Northwest. Sherman lives in Moscow, ID.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Spokane County Library District.
    Date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here.
  • Felipe Horta: Traditional Mexican Mask Maker
    Mask-making artist, Felipe Horta (whose work draws on his Indigenous Purepecha roots, religious Catholic sources, and contemporary visual culture), has been creating exquisite masks for more than 30 years. Like other artisans, he works to create masks and wardrobes that give their identity to these traditions. Program begins with an artist reception in the Helen South Alexander Gallery (includes gratis hors d’oeuvres, wine (21 and over) and bottled water, followed by a special private gallery program led by artist Felipe Horta (who is featured in the exhibition), and exhibition guest curator, Dr. Pavel Shlossberg, inside the fabulous Dancing with  Life: Mexican Masks exhibit.
    Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Location: MAC, Helen S. Alexander Gallery and Johnston Auditorium, 2316 W 1st Ave
    Cost: Free, donations welcome
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Virtual Spanish Book Club
    Discussion of Sandra Cisneros’ book, The House on Mango Street in Spanish and online over Zoom. This novel shares the story of a Latina girl growing up in a Chicago neighborhood.
    Date: Thursday, November 3, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Terrain Gallery Presents: Misappropriating Mythologies by Crista Ann Ames
    Misappropriating Mythologies gives a new spin on feminine monuments and sculptures from art history. Using contemporary models and symbolic animals from a different and paradoxical pagan mythology, traveling artist, Crista Ann Ames, reclaims the female bodies historically created through the lens of the male gaze and recreates new female monuments that are less one-dimensional depictions than their predecessors.
    Dates: November 4, 2022 – November 26, 2022 (Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)
    Time: 4:00 pm-7:00 pm
    Location: Terrain Gallery, 628 N Monroe St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Land Acknowledgement: A Contemporary Art Exhibition featuring seventeen (17) Contemporary Native  Americans Artists Curated by Charlene Teters
    Opening reception with gallery talk at 4:30 pm on Nov. 4, 2022. This event is sponsored in part by Gonzaga’s Native American Studies Program and the William L. Davis, S.J. Lecture Fund.
    Dates: Fridays, November 4, 2022 and Saturdays through December 3, 2022 (Fridays and Saturdays)
    Time: 4:00 pm-7:00 pm on Fridays and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Saturdays
    Location: Gonzaga University Urban Art Center (GUUAC), 126 S Stevens St. 3rd floor
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit here or contact the Gonzaga University Department of Art at susens@gonzaga.edu.
  • Studio Art Sale by Ildilo Kalapacs
    New paintings and sculptures for sale in her recently built art studio.
    Date: Friday, November 4, 2022
    Time: 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
    Location: Ildiko’s Studio, 804 W 12th St Ave, backyard
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit her website.
  • Stone Pillow Movie
    Compassion in Action Committee is showing the film Stone Pillow to raise awareness of homelessness and collect donations for the Spokane Falls Community College food pantry for homeless students. Soup and bread to be served in the fellowship hall before the movie.
    Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
    Time: 1130 am – 2:00 pm
    Location: Unity Spiritual Center, 2900 S Bernard St
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Bon Odori Dance Class
    Have you danced at the Obon Festival? Do you want to learn the Bon Odori dances? Bon Odori dances are easy to learn folk dances, led by instructor Izumi Pierce.
    Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022
    Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
    Location: Spokane Buddhist Temple, 927 S Perry Street
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please visit here or email Jacqui at jacquipierce@yahoo.com for questions.
  • Washington State Women’s Commission Listening Session
    The Washington State Women’s Commission is proud to host several Listening Sessions across the state to hear from young women, primarily ages 16-30, about what issues are most important to them. We are inviting young women across the state of Washington to share their concerns, priorities, insight, and the issues that are most important to them. The Women’s Commission will use the information gathered from each Listening Session to create a report which will be shared with the Governor’s Office and the Legislature. The Washington State Women’s Commission is a non-partisan State Government agency with a mission of ‘improving the life of every woman and girl by ensuring equitable opportunities and removing systemic barriers through engagement, advocacy, and public policy, while being inclusive of our diverse populations. Food and beverage will be provided.
    Date: Monday, November 7, 2022
    Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Women’s Club of Spokane, 1428 W 9th Ave
    Cost: Free, open to any woman, non-binary, or gender nonconforming young person ages 16-30; goal is to have 10-15 attendees
    For more information and to register, please visit here.
  • Land Acknowledgement Panel Discussion
    Panel discussion with Land Acknowledgement artists Charlene Teters (Spokane), Tiffanie Irizarry (Ihanktonwan Dakota Tribe), and Joeseph Arnoux (Piikani/Sp’q’n’iʔ). This event is sponsored in part by Gonzaga’s Native American Studies Program and the William L. Davis, S. J. Lecture Fund.
    Date: Friday, November 8, 2022
    Time: 3:00 pm
    Location: Gonzaga University, Hemmingson Ballroom
    For more information, please visit here.
  • History of The Spokane Tribe
    Warren Selyer, historian and former Chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians will share the history of the Spokane Tribe and discuss how Tribal society looks today.
    Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2022
    Time: 6:30 pm
    Location: Shadle Park Library, 2111 W Wellesley Ave
    Cost: Free
    For more information, please call 509-444-5300.
  • Farm & Food Symposium – Regenerative Agriculture: A Viable, Systematic Approach to Farming
    Featuring Rick Clark of Farm Green Consulting.
    Date: Wednesday & Thursday, November 9 – 10, 2022
    Location: Centennial Hotel, 303 W North River Dr
    For more information, please contact hilary@spokanecd.org.
  • How Audio Technology Changes the World
    Although we live in a visual world, audio still has the power to create intimacy and spark the imagination like no other medium can. Veteran broadcaster Ross Reynolds (he/him) explores the impact that audio transmission has had on society and storytelling, beginning with the first century of radio up to the modern age of audiobooks, internet streaming, podcasts, and smart speakers. How has audio transmission changed society, and what makes it such a still powerful form of communication? Attendees will be encouraged to share stories of their formative audio experiences.
    Reynolds is KUOW’s executive producer for community engagement, before which he was a program host for 16 years. Reynolds lives in Seattle.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Southwest Seattle Historical Society.
    Date: Thursday, November 10, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here
  • Latin American Cooking Party for Kids
    Prepare an authentic Latin American dish with virtual help from Melissa Stipek of “Mely’s Kitchen.” After you register and in advance of the program, you will receive the recipe and a list of ingredients. To participate, you will need to purchase the ingredients before the program and then follow along in your home kitchen as the recipe is demonstrated live over the online meeting in Zoom. This program will take place in Spanish, with English interpretation. Kids ages 6-10 with an adult helper.
    Date: Friday, November 11, 2022
    Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information, please visit here. Register here.
  • 26 Pebbles
    Similar in style to The Laramie Project, 26 Pebbles is a heartbreaking and riveting docudrama. Playwright Eric Ulloa conducted interviews with members of the community in Newtown and crafted them into an exploration of gun violence and a small town shaken by a horrific event. Mature audience advisory.
    Dates: Friday, November 11 – 13; 17 – 19, 2022
    Time: 7:30 pm on Friday/Saturday, 2:00 pm on Sunday and 5:00 pm on Thursday
    Location: Eastern WA University Theater, 526 Fifth Street
    Cost: $10.00
    For more information, please visit here
  • 27th Annual Spokane Fall Folk Festival
    The festival is presented by the Spokane Folklore Society, with the mission of promoting community awareness of our cultural folk traditions, such as music, dance, and other folk arts to the Inland Northwest.
    Dates: Saturday/Sunday, November 12-13, 2022
    Time: Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Location: Spokane Community College, Lair, 1810 N Greene St
    Cost: Free (event and parking)
    For more information, please visit their website and Facebook page.
  • 13th Annual Peace and Justice Action Conference – Transnational Solidarity: Anti-Racist Foundations for Peace
    Keynote Speaker: Maria Stephan, Horizons Project Co-Lead & Chief Organizer. A full day with four workshops, a fantastic keynote, lunch, and lots of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks who are putting their values into action!
    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
    Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Location: Spokane Convention Center and/or on-line (Zoom)
    Cost: $70.00
    To register, please visit here. For more information, visit here
  • 101st NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
    Featuring a conversation with Kiantha and Roland Martin. Live music by the Mardi Gras Growlers.
    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
    Time: 5:00 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm
    Location: Davenport Grand Hotel
    Cost: (sold out)
    For more information, please contact spokanenaacp@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page
  • Annual Salish School of Spokane Salmon Tales & Celebration Fundraiser
    Will feature a salmon dinner and performances by Salish School students, as well as testimonials from families served by Salish School of Spokane. Guests will have the opportunity to make a donation or pledge of support for Salish School of Spokane.
    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Gonzaga Prep School
    Cost: $100 individual seat, table $600 (6 seats per table)
    For more information, please visit here.
  • 4th Annual Peers Empower Peers Virtual Conference
    Our theme, Building Bridges, is dedicated to helping people overcome challenges, achieve personal goals, and improve their skills. We are here to support this vision by helping peers create a healthy environment in which they can grow, prosper, and become pillars of their community. Our hope in this conference is to build sustainable connections by building bridges between peers, peer-run organizations, and peer professionals.
    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2022
    For more information and to register, please visit here.
  • Dancing with Life: Mexican Masks
    These masks are a fascinating window into Mexican culture, they are saintly, colorful, grotesque, and humorous looking. With a regional focus in Michoacán, Mexico, this exhibit features more than 50 dance masks with roots in the celebration of religious holidays, as well as dance costumes and videos featuring the artists and dancers. Across Mexico, mask-making is a vibrant and playful art form, depicting everything from animals, devils and holy figures, to celebrities from contemporary politics and culture.
    Dates: September 3, 2022 – April 16, 2023
    Time: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, 3rd Thursday, 10:00 am–8:00 pm.
    Location: NW Museum of Arts and Culture, 2316 West First Avenue
    Cost: $7.00 – $12.00
    For more information, please visit here.
  • How to have Difficult Conversations About Race with Kwame Christian
    Listen to the bestselling author Kwame Christian as he chats about his new book, How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond.
    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here.
  • Eastern and Central Washington BIPOC Business Economic Summit
    Topics to be covered at this summit include: Affirmative Action status in Washington; barriers to BIPOC consultants contractors receiving awards; and a legislative panel to address elimination of barriers to BIPOC contract awards. Speakers include Mike Fong, Regional Administration Pacific Northwest Region; Noah Purcell, Solicitor General, WA  State; Andy Billing, Seattle Maj. Leader, 3LD; Marcus Riccelli, House Maj. Whip 3LD; and Timm Ormsby, Chair of  House Appropriations Committee, #LD. Moderator Lynn French, CEO, Global Business Development, LLC.
    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here.
  • Hip Hop and It Don’t Stop
    Hip-hop culture and its founding principles are often misunderstood due to its commodification and exploitation by corporate interests and mainstream media. Few know its humble roots as a tool to unify, uplift, and amplify voices, particularly for youth of color.
    Join artist and activist, Khazm “King Khazm” Kogita (he/him), as he explores the art, history, philosophy, and ethics of hip-hop—an international phenomenon and billion-dollar industry whose legacy is centered in community empowerment, cultural exchange, and resilience. Khazm shows how hip-hop is much more than just a genre of music; it has the capacity to challenge the status quo, address systemic oppression, and provide opportunities for the development of life skills, civic engagement, and global connections.
    He is a multifaceted artist, producer, and community organizer. He has been engaged in art and community service for over 25 years. He is the executive director of 206 Zulu and serves on several boards including 4Culture, the Seattle Disability Commission, and The Here & Now Project. Khazm lives in Seattle.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Federal Way Library Makerspace.
    Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here
  • Latin American Cooking Party
    Chef Melissa Stipek leads the class in making an authentic Latin American dish. Prior to the class you will receive the recipe and a list of ingredients. This program will take place in Spanish, with English interpretation.
    Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022
    Time: 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information, please visit here. Please register here.
  • Campfire Stories: Tales from Our Public Lands
    The Lands Council, along with community partners, is hosting a Public Lands Storytelling series. For each potential storyteller, we would like a three-line submission that includes a connection to public lands and arch of the story. To keep the stories engaging and the evening moving along, stories will be limited to 8 minutes in length – so grab the listeners and make them exciting, heartfelt, and honest. Let’s highlight why we love getting out in our public lands. Sign up to be a storyteller here.
    Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Saranac Commons, 19 W Main Ave
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information, please visit here.
  • Understanding Israel
    How much do Americans really know about the people and culture of Israel? How can we foster a better understanding of this intricate state and its neighbors?
    Join Professor Nancy Koppelman (she/her)as she explores 12 features of Israel’s history, diverse ethnic and religious ways of life, governance and justice structures, and educational system. This talk sheds light on the people who reside in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, and aims to provide history and context for this complex nation— the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population.
    Koppelman has been a faculty member at Evergreen State College in Olympia for 26 years. She teaches interdisciplinary programs that combine American history, literature, philosophy, and writing, among other fields. Koppelman lives in Olympia.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Olympia World Affairs Council.
    Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here
  • Handel’s Messiah
    Handel takes the story of Christ and illustrates it with music that is by turns profound, moving, vengeful, transformational and even humorous. James Lowe, conductor with Spokane Symphony Chorale & Chamber Singers, Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah, Chorale Director.
    Date: Friday – Saturday, November 18 – 19, 2022
    Time: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm on Friday, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm on Saturday
    Location: The Cathedral of St John the Evangelist, 127 E 12th Ave
    Cost: $13.50 – $32.00
    For more information, please visit the Spokane Symphony website here or St John’s Cathedral’s website here.
  • 12th Annual Wellbriety Red Road Celebration
    Honoring Native American Month and Gratitude Month. Everyone is welcome! There will be elders, speakers, a drum group, and a raffle.
    Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
    Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Alano Club, 1700 W 7th Ave
    Cost: Donations accepted for raffle
    For more information, please contact Matilda at (509) 879-2429.
  • Native Dance Exhibitions
    The Kalispel Tribe of Indians’ Northern Quest Casino’s list of Native American Heritage Month events includes a free traditional Native American dance and drumming performance by members of various plateau tribes on Nov. 19.
    Date: Saturday, November 19, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights
    For more information, please visit their website.
  • NAACP General Membership Meeting
    Date: Monday, November 21, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Location: Meeting is virtual, please visit their Facebook page for updates.
    Cost: Free, open to all
    For more information, please contact spokanenaacp@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.
  • The River That Made Seattle
    Once teeming with bountiful salmon and fertile plains, Seattle’s Duwamish River drew both Native peoples and settlers to its shores over centuries for trading, transport, and sustenance. Unfortunately, the very utility of the river was its undoing, as decades of dumping led to the river being declared a Superfund cleanup site. Much of Washington’s history has been told through the perspective of its colonizers, obscuring and mythologizing the changes to these lands that have long been occupied by Native peoples. Through the story of the river, author BJ Cummings (she/her) explores previously unrecorded Native and immigrant histories, and exposes settler falsehoods about the founding of the state. The river’s story is a call to action to align future decisions with values of collaboration, respect, and justice.
    Cummings founded the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition and manages community engagement for the University of Washington’s Superfund Research Program. She is the author of The River That Made Seattle: A Natural and Human History of the Duwamish, and she was awarded the River Network’s national River Hero award for her work leading community-based clean up and restoration of the Duwamish River. Cummings lives in Seattle.
    Sponsored by Humanities Washington. Hosted by Magnolia United Church of Christ.
    Date: Monday, November 21, 2022
    Time: 7:00 pm
    Location: On-line
    Cost: Free, registration required
    For more information and to register, please visit here
  • Indigenous Medicine and Indigenous Foods Workshop
    The Student Diversity Center at WSU Spokane is celebrating the history and traditions of Indigenous culture including this workshop. Come to the Center for Native American Health and make wild rice meatballs.
    Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
    Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: WSU Spokane, 665 N Riverpoint Blvd, HERB202
    For more information, please visit their website.
  • 38th Annual Festival of Fair Trade
    Celebrate our global community by shopping handicrafts from around the world including Nepal, Chile, Guatemala and more. This annual tradition brings a beautiful world marketplace to Spokane over the Thanksgiving weekend. Shoppers can support local importers who pay artisans fair wages & enjoy the chance to purchase gifts while making a positive difference in the world! A unique assortment of handmade jewelry, clothing, handbags, carpets,  scarves, knitwear and gifts will be for sale.
    Dates: Friday-Sunday, November 25 – November 27, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
    Location: Kizuri, 35 W Main Ave
    Cost: Free to attend
    For more information, visit their website. Hosted by Ganesh Himal Trading and Kizuri.
  • Hispanic Business / Professional Association (HBPA) Monthly Meeting
    Speaker (Sabes Que): Election of officers for 2023-2024
    Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
    Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Location: Fiesta Mexicana, 1227 S Grand Blvd
    Cost: Free to attend, may purchase food
    For more information, please visit their website.

SAVE THE DATE

A Movie Night of Remembrance: The Woman King
Please join us for a fundraiser and event honoring the life of Sandy Williams. We will be screening The Woman King, a film about strong, Black female warriors. The event will also include a silent auction. Additional showings of the film will run nightly until December 8. All proceeds after film distributor costs will go to the Carl Maxey Center. Unable to attend? Make a donation online.
Date: Thursday, December 1, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Magic Lantern Theater
For more information, please contact the Unemployment Law Project at (509) 624-9178. Purchase tickets here.

Elk Soup Presents Live Native Art Auction
In conjunction with First Friday Art Walk. There will be up to 20 artists for the live auction in-person and online via Facebook. Local vendor and artist booths will be present for additional sales. 90% of all proceeds go to artists. Event starts with spoken work at 5:00 pm, followed by auction 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Ribbon Skirt auction at 8:00 pm.
Date: Friday, December 2, 2022
Time:5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Philanthropy Center, 1020 W Riverside Ave
For more information, please contact Jeff Ferguson at elksoupED@gmail.com or (509) 218-1929.

Northwest Winterfest, A Celebration of Holiday Traditions
Features life size lights displays in the form of traditional Chinese Lanterns, lantern Christmas trees hand painted by regional artists, art and crafts, food and entertainment, culture, and education.
Dates: Friday, December 2, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (except Christmas Day)
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Fridays; 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Saturdays, and 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm on Sundays
Location:
Spokane County Fair & Expo Center, 404 N Havana
Cost: $9.90 – $12.90 with $2.10 fee.
For more information, please visit their website at or Facebook page. Please purchase tickets here.

Spokane Tribal Winter Market
Date(s): Wednesdays, December 7, 14, and 21, 2022
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Pavilion at Riverfront Park, downtown Spokane
Please contact James Best at james.best@spokanetribe.com or (509) 458-6561 to be a vendor.

Latino Holiday Bazaar (Bazaar Latino)
Surprise your family, business associates, friends, co-workers with unique gifts for the holidays.
Dates: Saturday, December 3, 2022 – Friday, December 23, 2022 and Tuesday, January 2, 2023 – Friday, January 6, 2023.
Time: Monday – Saturday from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Sunday from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Location:
Marandos Restaurant, 11420 E Sprague Ave.
For questions, please contact Maria at mariag@latinewszone.com.

SCAR Spokane’s 5 Year Anniversary Member Drive & Holiday Fundraiser
Join us as we celebrate five years of action! This is a mostly social event – food and beverages will be provided – and will include a short presentation. There is no cost to come celebrate with us, but please register so we can plan accordingly. The first 20 people to register and attend will get a copy of our next book club book, Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.
Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Location: Carl Maxey Center, 3114 5th Ave
Please register here.

PJALS Winter Party & Potluck
Join us for the warmth of community! Kids welcome!
Date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Location: Community Building, 35 W Main Ave
For more information, please contact Liz Moore at lmoore@pjals.org.

Transformations Self-Care Celebration
This Transformations event brought to you by SWAG and YWCA Spokane centers a self-care celebration around young women of color, ages 11-16. The featured speakers, Kameisha Williams, Stephaine Courtney, and Lizbeth Reyes will talk about belonging, hair care, healthy relationships, and mental health support.
Brunch provided, plus a hot cocoa bar and a self-care goodie bag for each participant.
This event would not be possible without the sponsorship support of James Sheehan and other caring supporters and volunteers!
Date: Saturday, December, 17, 2022
Time: 11:00 am – 2:30 pm
Location: The Hive, 2904 E Sprague Ave
For more information, please contact Jaime Stacy at (509) 385-2320 or transformations@ywcaspokane.org. Please register here. Registration is limited to 50 slots.

Viva Vino & Brew
An annual fundraiser benefitting Latinx and Hispanic students, enjoy an evening of wine tasting, dinner, dancing, and socializing, Latino style!
Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023
For more information, contact the Hispanic Business/Professional Association.

Lighthouse Opportunities Breakfast
Rise and shine with The Lighthouse! Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Spokane Club while celebrating 15 years of transformational opportunities for people who are blind and DeafBlind in the Greater Spokane community. Hear Lighthouse employees share their personal stories about blindness, eat some good food, and participate in a fun and exciting raffle!
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Location: Spokane Club, 1002 W Riverside
Cost: $50/person
RSVP here or email Engage@LHBlind.org by Friday, February 17, 2023.

If you know of diversity/cultural events open to the public that you would like added to the monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details.

For other general events in Spokane, visit Visit Spokane or Spokane 7.


Radio

KYRS Radio Programs For Your Consideration. To learn more, visit KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Democracy Now!
Day: Monday – Friday
Time: 8:00 am – 9:00 am; 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
A national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez. Pioneering the largest public media collaboration in the U.S. democracynow.org. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Democracy Now! Headlines in Spanish
Date: Saturdays
Time: 7:00 am – 8:00 am
Democracy Now! is a national, daily, independent, award-winning news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez, democracynow.org. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Dragonflies on Thin Air
Day: Sundays
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
One of the few elementary age children’s radio shows in the country produced by kids for kids. The program is fun and educational for children and adults, and includes a mix of jokes, music, guests, stories, poetry, trivia. and more. Includes Alice, Elenor C., Lily, Rowan, Sicely, Finn, Eleanor M., Sophia, Aleric, and Amara who all go to Spokane Public Montessori Elementary School. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Earth Matters Now!
Date: Tuesdays
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
Providing a unique perspective on environmental news, issues and science to inform, educate, enable and create a platform for positive environmental action. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Generational Warfare
Day: Saturdays
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join host Ry the Y as he battles with his Gen Z co-hosts, Zakris and Ezekiel. The three friends, alongside guests from the community, grapple with generational divides — both the silly and the seemingly irreconcilable. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Latin Lounge
Day: Mondays
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
A wide spectrum of Latin music, hosted by “Corazon.” Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Out and About
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 4:00 pm – 4:55 pm
Consists of a variety of LGBTQ, local news, locally produced, music and public Affairs. Host and producer Maeve Griffith. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Queens of Noise
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hosted by Luscious Duchess, you will hear best in female vocalists/musicians. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at kyrs.org.

The Persian Hour
Day: Saturdays
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
The Persian Hour is hosted by Shahrokh Nikfar and consists of a variety of Iranian music from hip hop to traditional, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and the usual. He also shares stories, recipes, and interviews. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

The Science of Poverty
Day: Saturdays
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Explores the topic of poverty. Hosted by Jesse Quintana, official Facebook. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Sounds of Science
Day: Sundays
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Lively discussion of what’s happening in the world of science, from how it affects our lives to the ways we shape it. Hosted by Blake, Amaya, and Adam. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Welcome Home
Day: Thursdays
Time: 10:00 am – noon
A multi-genre roots based folk show. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Women’s Media Center Live
Day: Wednesdays
Time: noon – 1:00 pm
WMC Live with Robin Morgan tackles today’s hottest topics; whether it be sex, politics, art, humor, religion, culture, or news stories that go unreported, each episode is engaged regularly, insightfully, and intelligently. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.

Workin’ Woman Blues
Day: Sundays
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Tunes to help you shake the blues out of your hair with a mix of funk, R&B, soul and blues, hosted by Jukebox Jennie. Listen on 88.1 FM, 92.3 FM or stream on-line at KYRS Thin Air Community Radio.


November 2022 International/National Cultural Celebrations Calendar

November 1

All Saints’ Day – Christian
A day for honoring saints, known and unknown.  

Independence Day – Antigua & Barbuda
Gained independence from Great Britain on November 1, 1981. 

Revolution Day – Algeria 

November 2

All Souls Day – Christian
Catholic Christians’ day of prayers of intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls of the departed. 

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) – Mexico
Celebrated in parts of the U.S. and Central America. Families build altars in their homes surrounded with flowers, food and burning candles.  

Dia de Finados – Portugal & Brazil
This holiday is celebrated by people visiting the deceased. They bring hearts and crowns made of flowers to the graves. 

Take Our Kids to Work – Canada
Parents encouraged to take their daughters (and/or sons) to work on this day, and to use this opportunity to educate their children on the nature of employment.  

November 3

Bunka No Hi (Culture Day) – Japan
A national holiday dedicated to the love of freedom and promotion of Japanese culture. 

Independence Day – Panama
Honors Panama’s independence from Columbia in 1903. 

Independence Day – Dominica
On this day in 1978, Dominica gained independence from Britain as it became a member of the Commonwealth. It is celebrated as a national holiday for three days.  

November 4

Qudrat (13th month) – Baha’i
The first day of the thirteenth Baha’i month. The English translation of Quadrat (Arabic) is Power.

November 5

Guy Fawkes Day – UK, England
This is also known as Bonfire Night. Guy Fawkes was a leader of a group of Catholic men who were plotting to blow up the King and Parliament but were arrested in time. The English and Irish  burn bonfires topped by a figure known as the guy. West Indians from the Bahamas and Barbados celebrate it as well. 

November 6

International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment – UN
On November 5, 2001, the UN General Assembly declared November 6th of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies – because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed. 

Daylight Savings Time Ends – USA  

November 7

Constitution Day – Dominican Republic
Marks the approval of the constitution in 1966. 

November 8

Election Day – U.S.A. 

Independence Day – Cambodia
Celebrates independence from France in 1953. 

November 11

Veterans Day – USA
First proclaimed as Armistice Day in 1919 to commemorate the termination of WWI on November 11, 1918. Now honors all who served in the military. 

Remembrance Day – Canada, Australia, UK
This day commemorates the soldiers killed in WWI and WWII and in remembrance for all who have given their lives for freedom and in service of their country. Canadians always set aside this day in memory of those who gave their lives for freedom. Many observers wear reds poppies as a symbol of this day.  

Armistice Day – France
This day commemorates the signing of the armistice between the Allies and Germany at Compiègne, France, which ended hostilities on the Western Front of World War I. 

Independence Day – Poland 

November 13

International World Kindness Day – International
The spark for World Kindness Day was lit at the Second Conference of the World Kindness Movement in November 1997 in Japan. Starting as random acts of kindness, the movement now has members in over 17 countries including the U.S. and Canada. They are committed to building a global organization dedicated to inspire and promote kindness. 

November 14

World Diabetes Day – UN
Diabetes awareness campaign. 

November 15

Shichi-Go-San (Seven-Five-Three Festival) – Japan
Prayers are offered for children’s growth. The ages of three and five for boys and three and seven for girls are celebrated. Children dress up in their gala dresses and go with their parents to a Shinto shrine to pay a visit to the tutelary deity. 

National Day – Palestine
A Palestinian Declaration of Independence was written by poet Mahmoud Darwish and then declared by PLO leader Yasser Arafat on 15 November, 1988, 

Republic Day – Brazil
Commemorates the 1889 proclamation that disposed Emperor Dom Pedro II and instituted a republic. 

November 16

International Day of Tolerance – UN
A day to advance human welfare, freedom, and progress everywhere, as well as to encourage tolerance, respect, dialogue, and cooperation among different cultures. 

November 18

Independence Day – Latvia
Commemorates independence of the Republic of Latvia from German and Russian occupation on November 18, 1918. 

Fete de l’ Independence (Independence Day) –Morocco
Commemorates independence from France in 1956. 

Day of Covenant – Bahá’í
The eldest son and appointed successor of Baha’u’llah, Abdu’l-Baha, referred to this day as the Centre of the Covenant, which was established to safeguard the unity of the community. 

November 19

Discovery Day – Puerto Rico
Celebrates the day Christopher Columbus encountered Puerto Rico on his second voyage to the New World in 1493. 

World Toilet Day – UN
No laughing matter! A day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. 2.4 billion people of the world’s 7 billion do not have access to clean water and sanitation,  and they struggle to stay well. Excellent book to read about this is The Big Necessity (2014) by Rose George; about the world of human waste and why it matters.  

November 20

Transgender Day of Remembrance – LGBT
Begun in 1999, vigils, services and a variety of other events held to mark this day set aside to memorialize those killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. 

Universal Children’s Day – UN
Observed since 1954, a day to honor the needs of children and to make those needs known to governments. Observed on different days in over 120 countries. 

November 21

World Television Day – UN
In 1996, the UN General Assembly proclaimed this day “in recognition of the increasing impact television has on decision-making by alerting world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues.”

November 22

Independence Day – Lebanon
Celebrates the declaration of independence from France in 1943. 

Qawl (14th month) – Baha’i

November 23

Kinro Kansha No Hi – Japan
The Japanese labor Thanksgiving Day when people express gratitude to each other for their labors throughout the year.  

November 24

Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur – Sikh
This day commemorates his martyrdom (1621-75). He was the ninth of the Ten Gurus and executed in Delhi by the Mughal emperor. He died for the Sikh faith and also for religious liberty. 

Thanksgiving Day – USA
Early American settlers gave thanks for good harvests by decorating their churches with fruits and vegetables and celebrated dinner with venison and waterfowl. 

November 25

St. Catherine’s Day – Canada, France
The patron saint of virgins and philosophers, lived in Alexandria in the 4th century A.D. and was martyred after being tortured on a spiked wheel. At one time match-making balls were held on this day. 

Native American Heritage Day – WA State
Designated the Friday after Thanksgiving as a day of heritage for Native Americans in Washington State. 

National Day – Bosnia
Marks the 1943 declaration of statehood within the federation of Yugoslavia. 

International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women – UN
The Secretary General’s Campaign “Unite to End Violence Against Women” has proclaimed the 25th of each month as Orange Day. Among other actions, the Orange Day invites us to wear something orange to highlight its calls for the eradication of violence against women without reservation, equivocation or delay. 

November 27

National Sovereignty Day – Argentina
Commemorates the Battle of Vuelta de Obligado, when a small Argentine army stood against an British and French navy on November 20, 1845. Although the battle itself ended with an  Argentine defeat, the losses of Britain and France in the whole military campaign were so high that both countries were forced to the bargaining table and signed a treaty with Juan Manuel de Rosas. 

Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahái – Bahá’i
After years of serving his father and safeguarding the unity of the faith, Abdu’l-Bahái passed away in Haifa, Israel in 1921.  

First Sunday of Advent – Christian
The Christian church year begins with Advent (from the Latin adventus meaning “coming” or  “arrival”) which is also a time when Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.  

November 28

Independence Day – Albania
Celebrates both the declaration of independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1912 and the  country’s liberation from the Nazis in 1945. 

National Day – Panama
Celebrates independence from Spain in 1821.

November 29

International Day of Solidarity with Palestinian People – UN  

November 30

St. Andrew’s Day – Scotland
This day commemorates the life of the patron saint of Scotland.  

Independence Day – Barbados
Barbados achieved independence from the British in1966. The British had controlled Barbados  as a colony since 1627.

Source: Multicultural Calendar 2022 published by Creative Cultural Communications.


In honor and celebration of American Indian/Native American Month below is a list of children’s books that can  be found at Spokane County Library District. This list does not include books available via Libby (e-books). Source: www.scld.org.


Still This Love Goes On,
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Greystone Kids)
A love letter to Indigenous communities everywhere, this picture book gorgeously illustrated by Julie Flett celebrates seasons, nature, and community. Based on Academy Award-winning Cree icon Buffy Sainte-Marie’s  song of the same name, Still This Love Goes On is a stunning celebration of Indigenous experience. Breathtaking  illustrations from celebrated Cree-Métis artist Julie Flett combine with Sainte-Marie’s vivid lyrics to craft a remarkable piece of art. Destined to be read and sung for generations, this gem of a picture book is accompanied  by: Sheet music so that readers can play along. A note from Sainte-Marie about her much-admired song: Sat beside a beaver dam and watched the winter grow, ice was hard with little tracks appearing in the snow. Fog is in the valley now and all the geese are gone. Cross the moon I saw them go and still this love goes on and on. Still this love goes on. 

Powwow Day, Traci Sorell (Charlesbridge)
River wants so badly to dance at powwow day as she does every year. In this uplifting and contemporary picture book perfect for beginning readers, follow River’s journey from feeling isolated after an illness to learning the  healing power of community. Additional, information explains the history and functions of powwows, which are commonplace across the United States and Canada and are open to both Native Americans and non-Native visitors. Author, Traci Sorell, is a member of the Cherokee Nation, and illustrator, Madelyn Goodnight, is a member of the Chickasaw Nation. 

One Land, Many Nations: Volume 1, Traci Sorell (Reycraft Books)
The continental United States is one land, but within its borders are many nations sovereign. Native American nations whose citizens have dual citizenship. In Volume 1 of this series, Native Americans Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and Lee Francis IV (Laguna Pueblo) take readers on a contemporary tour of their nation. Readers learn the history of their people, famous citizens, traditional stories, as well as details about tribal life today including their system of government, education, and commerce. 

Finding My Dance, Ria Thundercloud (Penguin Workshop)
In her debut picture book, professional Indigenous dancer Ria Thundercloud tells the true story of her path to dance and how it helped her take pride in her Native American heritage. At four years old, Ria Thundercloud was  brought into the powwow circle, ready to dance in the special jingle dress her mother made for her. As she grew up, she danced with her brothers all over Indian country. Then Ria learned more styles–tap, jazz, ballet–but still loved the expressiveness of Indigenous dance. And despite feeling different as one of the only Native American kids in her school, she always knew she could turn to dance to cheer herself up. Follow along as Ria shares her dance journey–from dreaming of her future to performing as a professional–accompanied by striking illustrations that depict it while bringing her graceful movements to life.

The Star That Always Stays, Anna Rose Johnson (Holiday House)
When bright and spirited Norvia moves from the country to the city, she has to live by one new rule: Never let anyone know you’re Ojibwe. Growing up on Beaver Island, Grand-père told Norvia stories – stories about her ancestor Migizi, about Biboonke-o-nini the Wintermaker, about the Crane Clan and the Reindeer Clan. He sang her songs in the old language, and her grandmothers taught her to make story quilts and maple candy. On the island, Norvia was proud of her Ojibwe heritage. Things are different in the city. Here, Norvia’s mother forces her to pretend she’s not Native at all – even to Mr. Ward, Ma’s new husband, and to Vernon, Norvia’s irritating new  stepbrother. In fact, there are a lot of changes in the city: ten-cent movies, gleaming soda shops, speedy automobiles, ninth grade. 

Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers, and Changemakers from Past and Present, Adrienne (Keene Ten Speed Press)
Celebrate the lives, stories, and contributions of Indigenous artists, activists, scientists, athletes, and other changemakers in this beautifully illustrated collection. From luminaries of the past, like nineteenth-century sculptor Edmonia Lewis–the first Black and Native American female artist to achieve international fame–to contemporary figures like linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, who revived the Wampanoag language, Notable Native People highlights the vital impact Indigenous dreamers and leaders have made on the world. This informative and  inspiring collection also offers accessible primers on important Indigenous issues, from the legacy of colonialism and cultural appropriation to food sovereignty, land and water rights, and more. Notable Native People is an indispensable read for people of all backgrounds seeking to learn about Native American heritages 

Berry Song, Michaela Goade
Caldecott Medalist Michaela Goade’s first self-authored picture book is a gorgeous celebration of the land she knows well and the powerful wisdom of elders. On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries: Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry, Huckleberry, Snowberry, Strawberry, Crowberry. Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude,  in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all. Michaela Goade’s luminous rendering of water and forest, berries and jams glows with her love of the land and offers an invitation to readers to deepen their own relationship with the earth. 

Indian Shoes, Cynthia L. Smith, (Heartdrum; ilustrated edition)The beloved chapter book by New York Times bestselling author, Cynthia Leitich Smith, about the love and adventures shared by a Cherokee-Seminole boy and his Grampa now has brand-new illustrations! A perfect pick for new readers. What do Indian shoes look like, anyway? Like beautiful beaded moccasins… or hightops with  bright orange shoelaces? Ray Halfmoon prefers high-tops, but he gladly trades them for a nice pair of moccasins for his grampa. After all, it’s Grampa Halfmoon who’s always there to help Ray get in and out of scrapes – like the time they teamed up to pet sit for the whole block during a holiday blizzard! Award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith writes with wit and candor about a boy and his grandfather, sharing all their love, joy, and humor. 

Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun’s Thanksgiving Story, Danielle Greendeer (Charlesbridge)
In this Wampanoag story told in a Native tradition, two kids from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe learn the story of Weechumun (corn) and the first Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving story that most Americans know celebrates the Pilgrims. But without members of the Wampanoag tribe who already lived on the land where the Pilgrims settled, the Pilgrims would never have made it through their first winter. And without Weechumun (corn), the Native  people wouldn’t have helped. An important picture book honoring both the history and tradition that surrounds  the story of the first Thanksgiving.

 

Tâpwê and the Magic Hat, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Greystone Kids
From beloved Indigenous icon Buffy Sainte-Marie comes a chapter book inspired by oral histories and traditions. On a prairie reserve, Tpwê receives a mysterious gift from Kokhom (grandma) – and finds himself on an  unforgettable adventure. Tpwê can’t wait to spend a week with his cousins on the other side of the Cree reserve – especially since Kokhom, his grandma, has given him the most amazing gift: a Magic Hat with bluebirds and grass  snakes that come to life! Tpwê is so excited that he soon forgets Kokhom’s advice: Watch out for tricksters! Tpwê’s adventure is everything he imagined. He meets his cousins, takes part in a powwow, and sleeps in a tipi. But soon  he’s reminded of Kokhom’s words. Is his new friend Wpos leading him astray with mischief? Tpwê and the Magic Hat draws on a rich Indigenous tradition of storytelling and features: A memorable cast of characters from both  imagination and legend. 

We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know, Traci Sorell (Charlesbridge)
Too often, Native American history is treated as a finished chapter instead of relevant and ongoing. This companion book to the award-winning We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga offers readers everything they never learned  in school about Native American people’s past, present, and future. Precise, lyrical writing presents topics including: forced assimilation (such as boarding schools), land allotment and Native tribal reorganization, termination (the US government not recognizing tribes as nations), Native urban relocation (from reservations),  self-determination (tribal self-empowerment), Native civil rights, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), religious  freedom, economic development (including casino development), Native language revival efforts, cultural  persistence, and nationhood. 

Rez Dogs, Joseph Bruchac, (Dial Books)
Malian was visiting her grandparents on the reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic started. Now she’s staying there, away from her parents and her school in Boston. Everyone is worried about the pandemic, but on the reservation, everyone protects each other, from Malian caring for her grandparents to the local dog, Malsum, guarding their house. They always survive together. Malian hears stories from her grandparents about how it has always been this way in their community: Stories about their ancestors, who survived epidemics of European diseases; about her grandfather, who survived a terrible government boarding school; and about Malian’s own mother, who survived and returned to her Native community after social services took her away to live in foster  care as a child. 

Native Americans in History: A History Book for Kids (Biographies for Kids), Jimmy Beason (Rockridge Press)
Powerful stories of influential Native Americans – for kids ages 8 to 12 From every background and tribal nation, native people are a vital part of history. This collection of biographies for kids explores 15 Native Americans and  some of the incredible things they achieved. Kids will explore the ways each of these people used their talents and beliefs to stand up for what’s right and stay true to themselves and their community. This book of Native American history for kids teaches them about: Becoming a leader – Learn how Sitting Bull led with spiritual guidance and a  strong will, and how Tecumseh inspired warriors to protect their communities from white American hostility. Staying strong – Discover athletes like Maria Tallchief, who broke barriers in ballet, and Jim Thorpe, who showed the world that a Native man could win Olympic gold. 

We Are Water Protectors, Carole Lindstrom, (Roaring Brook Press)
Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, Carole Lindstrom’s bold and lyrical picture book, We Are Water Protectors, issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguarding the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all. When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource. Featuring illustrations by Michaela Goade.

Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids, Cynthia Leitich Smith
Edited by award-winning and bestselling author, Cynthia Leitich Smith, this collection of intersecting stories by both new and veteran Native writers bursts with hope, joy, resilience, the strength of community, and Native pride. Native families from Nations across the continent gather at the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In a high school gym full of color and song, people dance, sell beadwork and books, and celebrate friendship and heritage. Young protagonists will meet relatives from faraway, mysterious strangers, and sometimes one another (plus one scrappy rez dog). They are the heroes of their own stories. Featuring stories and poems by Joseph Bruchac, Art Coulson, Christine Day, Eric Gansworth, Carole Lindstrom, Dawn Quigley, Rebecca Roanhorse, and David A. 

I Sang You Down from the Stars, Tasha Spillett-Sumner (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition)
As she waits for the arrival of her new baby, a mother-to-be gathers gifts to create a sacred bundle. A white  feather, cedar and sage, a stone from the river. Each addition to the bundle will offer the new baby strength and connection to tradition, family, and community. As they grow together, mother and baby will each have gifts to offer each other. Tasha Spillett-Sumner and Michaela Goade, two Indigenous creators, bring beautiful words and luminous art together in a resonant celebration of the bond between mother and child.


Thank you again to Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora for providing this list of diversity/cultural events. If you know of a diversity/cultural event open to the public that you would like added to this diversity monthly calendar, please e-mail Yvonne C. Montoya Zamora at yvonnecmz04@gmail.com with event details.