Heritage and Cultural Organizations

National Congress of American Indians

NCAI is organized as a representative congress of American Indians and Alaska Natives that serves to develop consensus on national priority issues that impact tribal sovereignty.

http://www.ncai.org/

Native American Cultural Center (Yale University)

The Center works to expose the Native community, as well as the greater Yale community, to Native American issues and culture by bringing programming to campus that includes events such as speakers, artist talks and installations, and conversations with leading Native intellectuals.

http://nacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation

This organization works with American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native artists and communities to promote revitalization, appreciation, and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures across the United States.

http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/

Native History Association

This organization promotes the understanding and appreciation of Native American history. It does this by conducting tours of Native sites, working with local governments to increase visibility of Native history in public places, and distributing printed materials, videos, and other media to disseminate information on Native history to the widest possible audience.

http://www.nativehistoryassociation.org/

A Line In The Sand 

This link offers intellectual essays and opinion articles on ownership over physical and cultural property, in terms of the relationship between Native Americans and the federal government.

http://www.hanksville.org/sand/

Center For World Indigenous Studies

This organization strives to advance the human rights of indigenous peoples on a global scale.

Main Website: http://cwis.org/

The Fourth World Journal

A publication written by and about tribal peoples, with regards to their relationships to the communities around them.

http://cwis.org/fwj/

 History with a Tribal Perspective

This project, funded by a grant from NASA, offers an interactive map which provides information on the tribes residing on trails explored by Lewis & Clark.

https://www.trailtribes.org/index.php

International Indian Treaty Council 

This international council brings together Native people residing across the Americas as a means to promote self-determination and sovereignty.

https://www.iitc.org/

Indigenous Research Center of the Americas

This Center, run by University of California, Davis, works to join scholars with the Native American community to raise public awareness of Indian Country’s most pressing concerns.

https://irca.ucdavis.edu/en/welcome

Newberry Library 

An independent research library based in Chicago, Newberry Library offers one of the strongest collections of printed Native American media in the world. This media includes manuscripts, books, photographs, maps, and art.

https://www.newberry.org/

Canku Ota (Many Paths) – Craft Articles Archive

A bi-weekly newsletter for youth that celebrates Native America’s traditions and cultures. Each issue includes a craft project or article, and this link is a listing of past articles.

http://www.turtletrack.org/CO_Indices/CO_Index_Craft.htm

National Society for American Indian Elderly

One of the major goals of this organization is to preserve Native American history and cultural values. They do this by preserving photographs as well as archiving and transcribing oral traditions.

http://www.nsaie.org/

Smithsonian Institution Bureau of American Ethnology – By John C. Ewers

Students of Western American history are familiar with the elaborate breastplates of long, light-colored, tubular beads worn by many prominent Plains Indian men that have been depicted in photographs. There is a fascinating history to Hairpipes told in the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Electronic Edition  of John C. Ewers, “Hair Pipes in Plains Indian Adornment”.

http://www.sil.si.edu/DigitalCollections/BAE/Bulletin164/tptoc.htm

 

History of Shoshone-Bannock Indian Art  

Online photo galleries showing examples of Shoshone-Bannock baskets, beadwork, painted robes, parfleches, eagle bone whistles, fans. Click on thumbnail images for large high resolution images. Beadwork is the best-known art form of Wind River and Fort Hall Shoshones and Bannocks. It is an enduring tradition, one that has evolved over time.

http://www.windriverhistory.org/

Red Earth, Inc. – Oklahoma City

Red Earth is an Oklahoma City based organization whose mission is to promote, preserve, and promulgate the rich traditions of American Indian history and cultures. They produce the annual Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival in June, and have nearly 1,500 volunteers to support the festival and Red Earth Museum.

https://www.redearth.org/

East Tennessee Indian League

An organization chartered by the state of Tennessee to “promote American Indian heritage through education and cultural activities.” The League strives to help the public see a more accurate depiction of Native Americans, and to appreciate their heritage, culture, and contributions. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs has recognized the League as an official Native American organization.

http://www.angelfire.com/tn3/etil/welcome.html

 

Four Winds Intertribal Society, Inc.

Four Winds was chartered in Kileen, Texas. Its goals include providing a means for Native Americans in the area to connect with other Native Americans and to provide non-Native Americans the opportunity to learn about Native culture.

http://www.txfourwinds.org/

Seven Fires Foundation

The Seven Fires Foundation was born out of a deep commitment and desire to help preserve ancient traditions and heal Earth Mother. They are a vehicle for people of all faiths, colors and traditions to join together in mutual respect to address the problems that face us all.

http://www.7fires.org/

California Indian Storytelling Association

This organization strives to foster a creative community where Native American storytellers come together to share their histories.

http://www.cistory.org/

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

The overall purpose of this organization is to ensure the preservation of Native American traditions and culture. They closely monitor the U.S. government’s activities which affect tribal communities and their effectiveness.

http://nathpo.org/wp/

Native Languages

This database provides a wealth of information on over 800 Native American languages.

http://www.native-languages.org/

Santa Fe Indian Market

For nearly 100 years, the Santa Fe Indian Market has remained the largest Indian arts market event in the country. The event is held every August and features the works of over 1,000 artists.

http://swaia.org/About_SWAIA/index.html

Alaska Native Artists

For over 30 years, ANA has showcased traditional and modern Native American Art in the heart of Homer, Alaska. They also provide food and shelter to disadvantaged families.

https://www.alaskanativeartists.com/index.php/about/#

Redhawk: Native American Arts Council

The Council is dedicated to educating the general public about Native American heritage through song, dance, theater, works of art and other cultural forms of expression. Redhawk represents artists from North, South, Central American, Caribbean and Polynesian Indigenous cultures.

https://redhawkcouncil.org/about-us/

California Indian Basketweavers Association

CIBA’s mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate California Indian basket weaving traditions while providing a social, spiritual and healthy environment for basketweavers. They work to create a network of basketweavers who support one another, with the goal of passing the tradition to future generations.

https://ciba.org/

Native American Art Studies Association

This organization works to encourage the presentation of Native American art, and to promote study and the exchange of ideas.

https://nativearts.org/

Indians of North America

This site is dedicated to the presentation of unique artwork, photographs, video and sound recordings which accurately reflect the history, culture and richness of the Native American experience in North America and has been expanded to include Indian people of Central America and Mexico.

http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/americanindianstudies/

Native American Music Awards

The Annual Native American Music Awards is the largest membership-based organization for Native American music initiatives initiatives and consists of over 20,000 registered voting members and professionals in the field.

https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/

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