Native American Heritage Month

City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

November is National Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we take the opportunity to celebrate the history, heritage, traditions, and invaluable contributions of Indigenous people to our country, including Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and affiliated Island communities.

    • 3rd Annual Native American Heritage Month Powwow
      • Saturday, November 11, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      • AT&T Discovery District (208 S. Akard St.)
      • Celebrate the rich ancestry and traditions of our nation’s first people for Native American History Month. Spend your Saturday in the District shopping Native American vendors, watching Native powwow dances and demonstrations and enjoying live music.

    • DSO’s Native American Heritage Month Celebration – Meet Jodi Voice Yellowfish
      • Tuesday, November 28,2023 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
      • Horchow 
      • The DSO celebrates Native American Heritage Month with special guest Jodi Voice Yellowfish. Jodi Voice Yellowfish will share her experience and journey as a Native American and discuss her advocacy work, which includes founder and chair of the MMIW TX – Rematriate (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women), a commissioner on the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission for the City of Dallas and a steering committee member for Dallas Truth Racial Healing Transformation. Jodi Voice Yellowfish is a well-respected advocate for indigenous peoples. Her insights and perspectives have been shared through various, including a TEDx Talk and Newsweek.
    • Native American Crafts
        • Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.
        •  White Rock Hills Branch Library (9150 Ferguson Rd.)
        • During November, children can create corn husk dolls, dream catchers, beaded flowers and more at Dallas Public Library branches. Crafting sessions include basket weaving at White Rock Hills (Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m.) and Lakewood (Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m.); and corn husk dolls at Timberglen (Nov. 16 at 4 p.m.), Preston Royal (Nov. 25 at 10 a.m.), Bachman Lake (Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m.), Oak Lawn (Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m.) and Grauwyler (Nov. 30 at 5:30 p.m.). Indigenous heritage craft events are scheduled at Prairie Creek (Nov. 14 at 4 p.m.) and Arcadia Park (Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.).

    • Urban Indigenous Experiences: An Evening of Lecture, Film, and Discussion
        • Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
        • Hughes-Trigg Student Center (3140 Dyer St.)
        • Watch the second season premiere of Native America, a four-part Native-directed series that follows Native American innovators in the modern world. Among those profiled are NASA engineer Aaron Yazzie (Navajo), sustainable builder Henry Red Cloud (Lakota) and First Nations electronic music group the Halluci Nation. (You can see the remaining Native America season two episodes at or on the PBS app.) The evening is presented by the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute at Southern Methodist University, in cooperation with KERA.
    • Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map
      • Exhibition through January 21, 2024
      • Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (3200 Darnell St.)
      • A retrospective of nearly five decades of works created by the Native American artist and activist includes drawings, paintings, prints and sculpture. Smith, a citizen of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, uses satire and humor in her art to address issues at the forefront of contemporary life and art today. 

  • Native American Dan Brooks at Fire Station 44
    • Permanent  
    • Fire Station 44 (2025 Lagow St.)
    • Public Art in the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Collection made by a Native American artist, Dan D. Brooks. Dan D. Brook: Muscogee-Creek – Native American artist was born in ranch life in the Creek nation of Oklahoma. Memories of his father, a second-generation rancher and Indian cowboy, and his vivid tales of turn of the century ranch life are preserved in Brook’s mind. The fellow native playmates of his
      childhood, the cowboys and neighboring farmers, themselves descendants of early pioneers of Indian territory, have provided a rich tapestry of images, culture and history for the artist to draw upon. 
      Cast stone depiction of firemen mounted on the exterior wall of Fire Station #44. The stone moldings (42’ high by 96’ wide) illustrate the bravery, character and physical strength of the Dallas Fire Fighter at the Fair Park location.

  • The Dallas Museum of Art’s Indigenous American art collection
    • Permanent exhibition
    • Dallas Museum of Art (1717 N Harwood St.)
    • On Indigenous Peoples Day and every day, the DMA is proud to showcase the thriving culture of Indigenous peoples. The Dallas Museum of Art’s Indigenous American art collection extends from Alaska to the Andes, representing nearly 150 cultures and artistic traditions, 4,500 artworks, and a timespan of approximately 4,500 years. We invite you to experience our recently refreshed Indigenous American Art Galleries where you will find artworks as vibrant as the cultures from which they originate.