Nov. 7, 2023
Colorful iconography with the words "Native American Heritage" in blue

    We Celebrate!    
Native American Heritage Month  | November 1 - November 30

The University of Arizona sits on the original homelands of the Tohono O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui people, who have stewarded this land since time immemorial. Aligning with the university’s core value of a diverse and inclusive community, it is an institutional responsibility to recognize and acknowledge the people, culture and history that make up the Wildcat community. At the institutional level, it is important to be proactive in broadening awareness throughout campus to ensure our students feel represented and valued. We recognize and honor the identities of the 22 sovereign nations of Arizona. 

November is Native American Heritage Month. We encourage you to learn more and celebrate the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of Indigenous people and communities in Tucson and throughout the Southwest.

University of Arizona Land Acknowledgement:

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O'odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

Dr. Cheree Meeks  
Assistant Dean, Programs, Diversity, and Inclusion    


Here are a few events that you can attend in celebrating, acknowledging, and deepening your understanding of Native American Heritage, as well as partnering with local organizations. 


artistic weaving incorporating Navajo iconography

October 14 - March 23, 2024 | University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) 

First trained as a painter at the University of Arizona, Winslow-based artist Marlowe Katoney (Diné) was taught to weave by his maternal grandmother in 2010. Since then, Katoney has used a hybrid approach to his weaving practice, combining elements from painting, color theory, perspective, and composition with traditional Navajo iconography and designs.

In tandem with the exhibit, Velma Kee Craig (Diné) will be giving a gallery talk on contemporary Indigenous weaving on November 16 from 5:30 to 6:30pm at the UAMA. Craig is assistant curator at the Heard Museum and a textile artist who teaches Diné weaving workshops across Phoenix.


sign for saguaro national park

November 12 | Saguaro National Park | 7:00 AM

Join Native American Student Affairs and the Saguaro National Park team for a guided hike on King Canyon Trail! The hike will be approximately 1 mile long each way and is moderate difficulty. Water and snacks will be provided.

Transportation is provided from the University of Arizona campus will be for the first 20 people to RSVP and indicate they need transportation. If you want to join but can provide your own transportation please still RSVP to help with staffing.


logo for flowers and bullets

November 18 | Flowers & Bullets midtown farm, 3538 E. Ellington Pl. | Showtime 6:00 PM

Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.

This free screening is presented by Flowers & Bullets, and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

With food by Joe’s Lit Pit, free popcorn, and hot chocolate for sale. Please bring your own seating!

American Indian Heritage Month Social & Craft Market

graphic reading Native American Heritage Month Social & Indian Craft Market

November 24 | CATALYST Arts and Maker Space at Tucson Mall | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Experience the life and history of several nations in this annual Native American Indian Heritage Month Social and Craft Market event featuring authentic artwork, crafts, demonstrations of songs, and dances to expand your knowledge of American Indian ways.

Award Winning Hoop Dancer, Cecil Manuel, T/O & Apache