Native American Bloggers You Need to Read
November is Native American Heritage Month. And there is so much more to indigenous history than a few scenes from a Thanksgiving skit. In fact, there are many Native American women blogging about everything from books, to fashion, to politics, and this month we want to highlight some bloggers we love. I hope you'll check them out!
Native Appropriations PhD student Adrienne K keeps an eye on the portrayals of indigenous people and traditions in pop culture. We especially love her coverage of the Native fashion fails (leopard-print bikini with feathered headdress, anyone?) of Paul Frank and Victoria’s Secret in recent months. Thanks to advocates like Adrienne, both Paul Frank Industries and the Limited (parent company of Victoria’s Secret) apologized.
Beyond Buckskin When she’s not teaching, Dr. Jessica Metcalfe blogs about Native American art, fashion and design. Like Adrienne at Native Appropriations, Jessica also called out Paul Frank on his Pow-Wow party, but what I really love about this site is that it spotlights young Native artists and designers and how they are authentically incorporating their culture into their work.
American Indians in Children’s Literature Want to read a book that accurately portrays the experiences of Native Americans? Dr. Debbie Reese is a professor of education who writes this extensive blog which reviews books, for adults as well as kids, about the American Indian experience and also writes many helpful reading guides for all levels of literature.
Goodfox Julia Goodfox blogs about culture and politics when she is not teaching or doing interviews about Native American politics, and race relations and human rights in general. She also keeps tabs on the art and culture of her local community in Lawrence, Kansas.
When Turtles Fly I first found this website while helping my son research his fourth grade project about the California Missions, and wanted to find out what Native Americans thought about this standard part of elementary school curriculum. It turns out, Deborah A. Miranda has a whole section about the California Missions project on her blog, and often answers inquiries from school kids, too. A must-read for any Golden State parent who wants to raise culturally-aware kids.
Happy Native American History Month!
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