Solano County Library proudly celebrates Native American Heritage Month this November by sharing resources to read, watch, listen to and learn from that honor and pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.
Origins of Native American Heritage Month
Native American Heritage Month has been declared each year since 1994 but the origins of the month date back to 1915 when Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans.” This movement grew as the Congress of the American Indian Association declared an “American Indian Day” and several states joined in, declaring their own day. In 1990 the first Native American Heritage Month was declared and it became an annual celebration in 1994. Learn more about Native American Heritage Month.
History of Native Peoples in Solano
Before European settlement, Patwin Native Americans resided in Solano County for thousands of years. Some historians estimate it to be as long as 4,000 years, although no historical documentation of that time exists. The Suisunes likely hunted tule elk, grizzly bears and waterfowl, fished in the Suisun slough, and gathered plants for food and medicine. It is estimated that there were about 2,300 Patwins living in the area of Solano County in 1800, but the population soon plummeted to zero due to disease, forced moves to Spanish Missions and battles with Europeans. By 1823, there were no observed Native Americans left in the area, only abandoned and destroyed village sites.
Solano County Library has partnered with the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to provide activity kits for families! Kits include games, recipes, resources, and a craft to highlight the history and culture of the Patwin people. Visit your local library to pick up a kit. While supplies last. Follow Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation social media each day of November for features, facts, and fun in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Facebook, Instagram @yochadehewn
Native American Crafts for Kids
Vacaville Town Square Library
Wednesday, November 8 at 3:00PM
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with hands on crafts. We will make a dream catcher, a game you can take home and more! Best for ages 4+
Fairfield Civic Center Library
Wednesday, November 29 at 3:30PM
School-aged kids can join us the last Wednesday of each month for special crafts and fun!
This month’s Afternoon Adventures is dedicated to Native American Heritage Month. In celebration, we will have Solano County Library’s very own, “Painting Librarian”, Rhea Gardner returning to FCC and lead a painting activity honoring Native American culture for elementary aged kids.
Supplies provided. Space is limited, please register.
In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Hoopla has compiled a collection of great titles to check out. You can choose from their collection of eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more!
Every day is a good day to learn about Native People, communities, and issues. But this is especially true during Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we invite you to learn more about the life of the original people of the continent. For mores films, visit