Celebrate your Native American Heritage

Monday, November 18, 2019

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, we have selected a few online resources that might useful for research on your family heritage. These resources include primary and secondary sources that should be helpful. Please know that the below list is not exhaustive, and we hope you check other credible sources not listed below.

NCpedia (https://ncpedia.org):

Cover of North Carolina’s first people, a booklet from the North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs

The online encyclopedia about all things North Carolina with over 8,000 articles and 9,000 images. Of particular use are the following articles, search terms or subjects:

ANCHOR (https://www.ncpedia.org/anchor/anchor)

As an online textbook designed for grade 8 and up, ANCHOR offers eleven parts, organized chronologically, of North Carolina history. This includes primary sources, readings, and multimedia related to American Indians in North Carolina. Chapters to look at include:

North Carolina Digital Collections (http://digital.ncdcr.gov/)

The North Carolina Digital Collections contain over 90,000 historic and recent photographs, state government publications, manuscripts, and other resources on topics related to North Carolina. Useful search terms include:

  • American Indian
  • Native American

North Carolina State Government Publications Collections (http://ncgovdocs.org)

A subset of the North Carolina Digital Collections, looking here will give access to publications and documents created by North Carolina state agencies and entities. Titles of note consist of:

  • Annual Report from the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
    • Available online for 2003-2012 and print copies available at the Government and Heritage Library (GHL) from 1974-2004.
  • Indian Time, the newsletter of the Commission of Indian Affairs
    • Digital copies available online for 2002 to present and print copies available at the GHL for July 1976 to 2008.
  • North Carolina’s First People
    • "With this booklet, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs invites you to explore the lives of the people who first settled here nearly 12,000 years ago. Since 1971, the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs has been an advocacy agency for American Indian citizens in our state.”

National Museum of the American Indian

  • Research (https://americanindian.si.edu/explore/research)
    • “The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Museum Research and Scholarship Group aims to advance understanding of Native knowledge, history, culture, art, and self-determination in collaboration with Native communities and scholars through research, scholarship, and repatriation.”

National Archives

Join us at the North Carolina Museum of History

North Carolina’s Museum of History’s 24th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration graphic

If you want to find out more about these and other resources available through the Government and Heritage Library, stop by our pop-up library at the North Carolina Museum of History’s American Indian Heritage Celebration.

Musicians, dancers, artists, storytellers, and authors from North Carolina’s eight state-recognized tribes will gather for this popular family event. The 24th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration offers something for all ages and gives a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state’s American Indian culture (with a population of over 120,000), past and present.

Francesca Perez Evans, Community Engagement Librarian