Learning and Development Resources

Native American cultures are alive and evolving within cities, rural communities, tribal communities, and nations across the United States. Learn more about the diverse and rich Indigenous histories, cultures, and traditions that live on. 

Native American Tourism of Wisconsin (NATOW)
NATOW is an inter-tribal consortium that was launched as a statewide initiative in 1994 by GLITC (Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council) The mission of NATOW is to promote tourism featuring Native American heritage and culture. Tourism provides an excellent tactic for Tribes to diversify their economies, while telling the true story concerning their history and culture. Tourism is also one of the ways that Tribes can be self-sufficient and boost their economies. NATOW is comprised of representatives from each Tribe, who converge bi-monthly to discuss its strategic tourism plan. NATOW has grown significantly over the last few years, becoming a recognized force in Wisconsin at gatherings, festivals, and events.

American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
For nearly two decades, the AIANTA has served as the national voice for American Indian nations engaged in cultural tourism. In addition to serving as the voice for Indian Country tourism, AIANTA provides technical assistance and training to Tribal nations and Native-owned enterprises engaged in tourism, hospitality, and recreation. AIANTA’s mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values.

BrainPop-Native American Traditions
BrainPop is an animated educational website that includes movies, quizzes, and related materials for students in grades K-12. From the six nations of the Haudenosaunee in the Northeast to the Diné in the Southwest, there are hundreds of Native American nations in the United States alone. Though all suffered from the violence of European colonization, Indigenous people have remained connected to their history while building vibrant, modern cultures. Each has maintained its own culture, religious traditions, and history.

The Great Vanishing Act: Blood Quantum and the Future of Native Nations
The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 was the US government’s attempt to define who “Indians” were. Among the criteria the act set was a blood quantum, which declared that “Indians” were "all other persons of one-half or more Indian blood". Today, many tribes wrestle with the legacy of blood quantum and “Indian” identity, as they work to manage tribal enrollment and social services. As the bloodlines grow increasingly diluted, within a few generation, recognized tribes might legally disappear. Through essays, personal stories case studies, satire, and poetry, The Great Vanishing Act brings together writers from around the world to explore the biological and cultural metaphor of blood quantum, the most critical issue facing Indigenous populations in the twenty-first century. Edited by Kathleen Ratteree and Norbert Hill.

Refer to the Seeley Mudd Library for resources for teaching and learning about indigenous cultures, experiences, histories, and voices. You may also want to take a look at the library's research guides for the courses on Changing the Way We See Native America and Contemporary Native American Women

Thank you for pausing to reflect on our past, understand the present, and progress toward a more just future.