Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month

November is Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month
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2021 Theme: “Leaving no one behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.” Article

November is Native American Heritage Month or, as it is commonly referred to, American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. At IVC, we have celebrated it as Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month. The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also a good time to learn about tribes and raise general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced, both historically and in the present, as well as the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

Land Acknowledgement

A land acknowledgement is a formal statement presented at the beginning of public events and gatherings that recognizes and honors the original residents, Indigenous groups. We highly encourage campus members to open meetings and events with this land acknowledgement, especially during this month and beyond.

IVC Land Acknowledgement

We honor, acknowledge, reflect, and express our sincere gratitude for, and appreciation of, the peoples, ancestors, and sacred land that we gather upon today. We honor the ancestral homelands and traditional territories of Indigenous peoples who have been here since time immemorial, and recognize that we must continue to build solidarity, and kinship, with Native Indigenous communities.

Irvine Valley College is based in the city of Irvine, in the County of Orange. We honor the Kizh Nation, the Acjachemen Nation, and the Gabrieleno/Tongva Tribe.  We would also like to pay our respects to the land and life of Indigenous people, the Honuukvetam (ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (Elders), and 'Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Activist Spotlight

Quannah ChasingHorseQuannah ChasingHorse is from the Han Gwich'in and Sicangu/Oglala Lakota tribes. She is an indigenous land protector and climate justice warrior. Quannah's deep connection to the lands and her people’s way of life guides and informs everything she does and stands for. She is passionate about Indigenous sovereignty/rights, as well as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) advocacy and representation.

She is an avid snowboarder and guitar and ukulele player, and is apprenticing as a traditional indigenous tattoo artist. Quannah was honored to make the 2020 list of Teen Vogue's "Top 21 under 21." Quannah is also an IMG fashion model and actress. "We shouldn't have to fight for something that should be our number one right. To live our ways of life freely, practice our culture and traditions, eat our traditional food and medicines, etc. Uplift, listen and hold space for indigenous voices and perspectives."

On World Indigenous Day 2021, the world is coming together to shine a light on Indigenous peoples worldwide, calling for a new social contract that leaves no one behind. Young Indigenous peoples are at the forefront of that. Meet all 13 young activist.

Honoring Dia de los Muertos
(Monday and Tuesday, November 1- 2, 2021)

Dia De Los MuertosAlthough Dia los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated widely throughout Latin American countries, its roots trace back to indigenous traditions. Dia de los Muertos recognizes death as a natural part of the human cycle of life where, for three days, the dead return and are once again part of the community. Altars and offerings are put out to help awaken the deceased from their sleep and share in celebration with their families and loved ones. In the state of Guerrero, Mexico, the Tlapaneca People offer their deceased adults mole, tamales, and mezcal as offerings. In Veracruz, Mexico the Totonac Peoples consider the altar a small world: earth is represented by the flowers and vegetation, water is placed under the altar, the sky made out of tepejilote leaves, and the sun made with coyol palm leaves. To learn more, visit The Native Roots of Dia de los Muertos.

IVC Events and Programs

LatinXIVC Latinx Club
Tuesday​, November 2  |  2- 3 pm  |  Registration Required »

So Cal Indian CenterVirtual Presentation with Walter Ahhaitty from the Southern California Indian Center.
Tuesday​, November 9  |  1- 2 pm  |  Registration Required »
Join us for an insightful conversation with Walter Ahhaitty, as he describes his experience as a Native American living in an urban city, the native culture, experience, and values.

Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC)
Wednesday, November, 17 |  3:30 - 5 pm  |  Registration Required »

IVC EMCEESIVC EMCEES (IVC ELEVATE's Men of Color by Engaging and Embracing Solidarity)
Wednesday, November, 17  |  3:30 - 5 pm |  Registration Required »

Puente ProgramIVC Puente Program
is an academic, counseling, and mentoring program that has improved college persistence and success rates for thousands of California's educationally under-served students.
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Community Events

Navtive Cinema ShowcaseNative Cinema Showcase
November 12 -18
The National Museum of the American Indian's Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with land.
10 Must-Watch Movies about Indigenous Communities »

Access Anytime: Art, Culture, Learning and More

Related IVC Courses

  • ETHN 10 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • ETHN 30 - Introduction to Chicanx Studies
  • HIST 23 – History of California
  • HIST 30 – History of Ethnicity and Culture in the United States
  • SOC 20 – Race and Ethnic Group Relations
  • LIT 46 – Ethnicity and Literature of the United States
  • COMM 9 – Intercultural Communication
  • HLTH 6 – Health and Social Justice