Middlesex County celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Rebecca Nowalski
A day full of costumes and dancers during the Raritan Native American Heritage Celebration at the Middlesex County Faigrounds on June 18.

The Arts Institute of Middlesex County planned programming for November primarily centered around Native American Heritage Month.


Event highlights include:


  • Every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Diwali as well as Native American Heritage Month. Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick for the Art and Story Time series with a new reading and a DIY craft activity. All ages welcome.


o   Nov. 10 at 4:30 p.m. –Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “We Are Water Protectors” written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. Learn about a girl fighting for her indigenous community, and the importance of taking care of water sources. Afterward, create waterscapes using watercolors.


o   Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. –Join the Civic League of Greater New Brunswick in a reading of “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” written by Traci Sorell and illustrated by Frané Lessac. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Afterward, create drawings based on people and experiences full of gratitude.


  • Nov. 7 at 12:30 p.m. Join a Native American Art and Performance featuring Tchin and Thunderbird Dancer at Spring Lake Park, South Plainfield. Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Thunderbird Dancers will perform songs and dances from three culture areas: the Northeast, Southwest and Great Plains. At 2 p.m., Tchin will lead the public in a creative activity while teaching truths about Native American culture. Participants should bring include colored pencils, paper, a chair, water, and a snack.


  • Anansi’s Story Festival: East Jersey Old Town Village. ReThink Theatrical presents Anansi’s Story Festival, an interactive theatrical production that explores and celebrates historical figures, myths, urban legends, and folklore from New Jersey and around the world. Join emcee and Storyteller-in-Chief, Anansi the Spider, who needs help deciding the fate of humanity. Set in the historic East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, this immersive production explores the village’s architecture while complementing the timelessness of these classic tales. Audience members will roam and discover characters inspired from cultures rooted in New Jersey. The festival will be held at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 7, 13 and 14.


These events are free for all residents.

Visit www.middlesexcountynj.gov/Artsculture for full details. Registration details and links to live stream events are available.