November is National Native American Heritage Month. Teaching students about the history, culture, traditions, music, art, and world views of Indigenous peoples is important to celebrating our shared sense of humanity. 

Listenwise has a thematically-curated Native American Stories podcast collection featuring a variety of voices and experiences, past and present. Browse this collection, use theNative American” topic tag to search our platform, and/or review the lists of resources below to find opportunities to bring Native American heritage into your classroom this month and throughout the year.

The Listenwise podcasts below can be integrated into classroom lessons in a variety of ways:

Podcasts Highlighting Native American Culture & Language

Podcasts Highlighting Native American History & Politics

Podcasts for Thematic Debate & Discussion

More Quality Teaching Resources for Native American Heritage Month

Listen to this podcast to hear students at Crow Agency Public School on the Crow Reservation in Montana debunk myths and stereotypes about Native American life. Fifth grade teacher Connie Michael was inspired to make this podcast with her students after working with teachers at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, where she learned that students across the country had significant misconceptions about life on a reservation.

Here are a few more resources that can help you bring Indigenous peoples’ perspectives into your classroom:

As we head into Thanksgiving later this month, it’s important to recognize that, as Learning for Justice explains in its Thanksgiving Mourning lesson, “For some Native Americans, Thanksgiving is no cause for celebration, but rather serves as a reminder of colonization’s devastating impact on Indigenous peoples.” The lesson offers valuable resources to use with students to help them think critically about American holidays and history and to read and listen to different perspectives. 

Learning for Justice also offers other teaching resources to help promote understanding of the experiences of Native Americans. For example, their lesson Teaching Thanksgiving in a Socially Responsible Way raises the point that “Native Americans have been speaking out and writing back against the colonialist narrative of Thanksgiving for as long as the American narrative has existed.” 

Please share with us in comments any other resources that you use to help promote understanding of Indigenous peoples’ cultures, histories, and perspectives.