A Letter from the President
It is mid-November, and already we turned back the clocks (which to me, means it gets dark way too early) and witnessed a historic Election Day. Now it is time to strive for unity. While many Americans look forward to November for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and welcoming the holiday season, we’d like to remind everyone to celebrate it as Native American Heritage Month.
In Washington, D.C., Veteran’s Day was celebrated with a special unveiling of the National Native American Veterans Memorial outside the National Museum of the American Indian. Several Native Washington State Tribes contributed to this effort, including: Confederated Tribes and Bands Yakama Nation, Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Stillaguamish Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, and the Tulalip Tribes of Washington. Thank to all our veterans.
As Thanksgiving approaches, we all know the story of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. However, what do we really know about these First Peoples? The Native Americans were Wampanoag Peoples. Wampanoag, means People of the First Light. Perhaps we can all take time to learn more about those who inhabited this land before Europeans arrived and help bring to light the multiple perspectives behind every story. As heritage professionals, we should strive to ask ourselves if we take the time to learn multiple perspectives; whose voices we listen to and accredit; who else should be telling these stories; and what we can do to enable the sharing and collecting of history, both past and present, to encompass multiple perspectives?
AKCHO’s theme for the year is “Finding Your Voice”. Let us strive to ensure that there are no limitations to whose voices are heard.
Be safe and stay healthy,
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