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2020 Native American Heritage Month Student Submissions

Nov. 30, 2020

The Three Sisters with Ben Jacobs, Co-Owner of Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery

In our final Native American Heritage Month community installment, we feature Ben Jacobs, co-owner of Tocabe: An American Indian Eatery. We invited Ben to share with us what the Three Sisters are, and what they mean to Native American cuisine and culture. NACE thanks Ben for sharing his story, as well as his expertise and passion for Native American food and community!

Native American Culture and Education

Lakota Horsemen

Listen to the Lakota Horsemen sing and educate about Native culture.

Marie L. Greenwood ECE - 8

Chan-Zhen's Butterfly Story

In July, families at Marie L. Greenwood Early – 8 celebrated their unique cultural stories with each other, uniting through what they have in common. Watch as Chan-Zhen, a 6th grader, reads his “Monarch Story” as his mother Lori paints art for the school garden.

East High School

Check out the finished East High School mural by the Indigenous Peoples United student club!


Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

Student art

From Dazhay Aguirre, 9th grade student, MMIW Artist Statement:
This artwork was created originally as a project, but I can personally connect to it as I am part of this community. As a Lakota Sioux woman, it is especially sickening to see this type of treatment towards other indigenous women, as well as to see that we are neglected from multiple people. All of the murders, violence, and mistreatment goes unnoticed by so much of the population and we need to do more as a society. As this artwork is put out there, I hope that it can send a message and create change. Thank you. Dazhay.

Inspire Elementary

From Steven and Rachel Lamb:

Here is our experience with a fantastic session. 

We combined ALL of our 2nd & 4th grade to celebrate Native American Heritage Month & count in Navajo with Rachel Lamb. Remote learning may not be perfect but leveraging the tools as they were intended brought together a large portion of our school. 4th grade modeled for 2nd on digital expectations and 2nd modeled for 4th on how to take risks! The digital aspect allowed us to join, implement, and exit the experience in 15 min with minimal disruption to the day. Many more are planned. 

One of the best parts of the session was hearing siblings get excited to see each other on the call, even though they just saw each other on the way to school (or in the other room).

Remote Learning is not always a deficit.

George Washington High School

Student art

From Viktor El-Saieh, MA, Visual Arts Instructor:

I would like to share a work of art by one of my very talented Native students, her name is Cassandra Kulig. This piece was made as a reminder of the many native women who have been murdered or gone missing. The artist uses a red handprint to show solidarity with the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement and she includes some of the names of missing women in text. Would be happy to provide more information about the artist and why she made the work if you are interested.

Grant Beacon Middle School

Student art

From Kara Wilson, Visual Arts Teacher:

Grant Beacon Middle School 6th grade student Elina Pasillas drew this Native American girl representing her heritage! I loved her use of colored pencils and the details she put into the hair and headdress.

Bromwell Elementary

From Sarah Duffy, Bromwell Art Teacher:

We read, “The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses” and “Fry Bread” with our second grade students.  We drew Bison from the Bison hunt in the story.

Bison drawing
By Bethany Phelan in second grade.
Bison art
By Nicholas Ciarallo in second grade.