Native American Heritage Month

Join events celebrating  Native American Heritage Month at Phoenix College

November honors the vibrant and diverse cultures of the Native American Community


Family and community traditions, literature, and the arts reflect the long history of Indigenous people across what we now call the United States. 

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month by joining events at Phoenix College, and throughout the Maricopa community.

Join the Documentary Screening for "The Ground Between Us," at Phoenix College, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month

At Phoenix College

The Ground Between Us


Mon, Nov. 21  |  3 - 5 pm  |  Hacienda Room, Bldg. F

Join students, staff and faculty, as they gather to watch The Ground Between Us, a documentary directed by Galen Knowles and Zeppelin Zeerip.

The film explores narratives of three Native American tribal organizations who face a common problem.  2017's massive environmental deregulation not only shrank national monuments and protections.  It also opened millions of acres of public land to gas and oil exploration.  Learn more about the people and places that make America's public lands, and the fight for environmental justice.  

A discussion, and light refreshments, will follow.


At Phoenix College

Suggested Reading
from Fannin Library


Check out titles by Indigenous authors, and reflect on current and historical challenges that Native Americans have faced.   
Download details on the Fannin Library page.


Native American Heritage


Around MCCCD



Explore events relevant to Arizona's Indigineous communities, and celebrations of the arts. 
A few of many virtual highlights include:

Nov. 17  |  Indigenous Artist Presentation with Terrill Goseyun  |  Paradise Valley CC
Nov. 18  |  Current Impacts on Indigenous Communities  |  Scottsdale CC
Nov. 18  |  Panel:  American Indians in Higher Education Leadership Roles  |  South Mountain CC

Visit for details.



Around the Community


EVENTS THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER   |   215 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
Enjoy a month of music, visual, culinary and performing art (and even flying objects) celebrating the Native American community.  
See the complete list at  


Museum admission is $16.  Enter the exhibits at no additional charge.  Museum members, and children under one year of age, enter for free.
Explore Native American Heritage Month events at the Phoenix Art Museum

Illuminating Impressions
Nov. 15 -20  | 9 am - 4 pm  Create your own artwork in the impressive style of local Native American artist, illustrator, writer, and educator, Shonto Begay.

Blue Corn Mush
Nov. 17 | 10:30 am - 11:15 pm and 12 -12:45 pm   Learn how to make delicious Navajo Blue Corn Mush from Valence Hatathlie of “Val’s Fry Bread”! Space is limited. Please register at admissions upon arrival.

Performance with Master Guitarist, Gabriel Ayala
Nov. 18 | 5 - 5:45 pm   Enjoy a special musical performance by Master Guitarist, Gabriel Ayala.  Seating will be limited.

HOPI R2 Presentation
Nov. 19  | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm  Discover HOPI-R2, the first indigenous droid, which has melded science, technology, and art. 

The Etsitty Group: Pow Wow Dancing
Nov. 26 | 10 am - 11 am   Come and enjoy some traditional Pow Wow dancing from the Etsitty Group.

Duncan Family Dance & Storytelling Performance
Nov. 27 | 11 am - 12 pm   Enjoy a special presentation by the Duncan Family.  The experience will include traditional dancing, and trickster stories. Seating will be limited.

Colorful Fragmented Forms
Nov. 29 – Dec. 2 | 9 am - 4 pm  Be inspired by influential Inuit artist, Jessie Oonark’s bold shapes, forms, and graphics. Create your own eye-catching images on colorful backgrounds.

Museum photograph courtesy of Thomas Hawk.

Around the Community

Around the Community


EVENTS THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER   |   2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
The Heard's mission is to be the world's preeminent museum for the preservation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes. 


See the complete list at   
Museum admission for students, with ID, is $9, if purchased online.  Adults pay $22.50, also when purchased online.   American Indians with ID, Heard museum members, and children under five years of age enter for free.
Visit exhibits at central Phoenix's Heard Museum

Substance of Stars
Throughout November  |  The title Substance of Stars suggests the fundamental origin stories and sky knowledge which provides the inspiration, logic and wisdom underlying all Native American art.  Contemporary and historic art from the Heard's collection is reexamined from Indigenous perspectives.

Elegant Vessels
November thru March '23  |  Review the respected silversmithing of Native American artisans who made the southwest famous for silverwork during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

Between the Lines
November thru May '23 |  Art From the No Horse Ledger Book is a presentation of drawings from the Cheyenne/Arapaho ledger book created between the late 1870s and 1882.

Away from Home
Long-Term Exhibit  |  Explore the well-known exhibit designed to interpret the stories of boarding schools through the voices, lives and perspectives of Native people. The exhibition focused on the experiences of American Indians in federally operated, off-reservation boarding schools in the United States. 

HOME: Native People in the Southwest
Long-Term Exhibit  |  Learn about the Native peoples of the Southwest and hear them tell their stories in their own words. In addition to cultural objects, the exhibit showcases the traditions of Native peoples of the past and present and examines their definition of home.


Photo courtesy of the Heard Museum.