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Indigenous Peoples’ Day | October 10

To recognize the Tribal Nations and Peoples who thrived upon this land long before modern-day Spokane was established, the Library seeks to honor and spotlight the voices of Indigenous Peoples this day.

Preserving the stories and languages of a community is vital for strengthening the connection people have with their heritage and for preventing Indigenous erasure. In addition to amplifying Indigenous stories, the Library partnered with the Spokane Tribe of Indians to create a Land Acknowledgment, to acknowledge the original residents of the occupied land our libraries were built upon. The Tribe also honored the third floor stage at Central Library with a Salish name, nxʷyxʷyetkʷ Hall, pronounced n-whee-whee-et-k-wh, meaning Life in the Water.

Within our Digital Photo Archive, there are historic photos of local Tribes, customs, and cultural traditions. These images share some of the local history of Tribal Nations. Some of these photos were donated without context and we are actively seeking information regarding these photos to better preserve and respect their histories. Find these photos and more here.

Book Recommendations

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

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An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

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There There by Tommy Orange

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Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith 

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This Place: 150 Years Retold by Various Authors   

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The Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

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Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq   

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Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger 

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We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade

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