Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, and this month the library is highlighting our resources and collections on our nation’s original Indigenous peoples.

Native American Literature and Art Exhibition

The library will honor the arts, literature, and culture of the Indigenous peoples of North America with a collection of books and electronic resources that celebrate their many contributions to our collective North American heritage. Find a new author, a new favorite read, or learn something new about Indigenous arts and music by visiting our exhibit on Farber 1 near the cafe or in our Brandeis Distinctive Collection on OneSearch.

Special Collections Spotlight: Native American Watercolors

Among the treasures held in the University Archives and Special Collections are 38 original watercolors by several prominent Native American artists from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Brandeis acquired the paintings in June 1971 from the Riverside Museum in New York, whose collections focused on ethnographic and contemporary art. Many paintings depict festivals, scenes of daily life, and ceremonial dances, reflecting efforts to document and preserve Pueblo culture during the first decades of the 20th century. Artists represented in the collection include Oqwa Pi (1899-1971), also known as Abel Sanchez; Awa Tsireh (1898-1955), also known as Alfonso Roybal; and Ma Pe Wi (1902-1973), also known as Velino Shije Herrera.

Digital images of the watercolors are featured in the library’s current exhibit honoring Native American arts, literature, and culture, located on Farber 1 near the coffeehouse area. Learn more about watercolors in this special collections essay and collection finding aid.