November is National Native American Heritage Month. What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
We can only begin to tell the stories, and there is so much more to learn. Please explore the following resources to learn more about Native American Heritage.
Celebrating Native American Heritage
Museum of North Texas History
A visit to the Museum of North Texas History provides in-depth information related to Native people and to the pioneers that came after them to settle in the Wichita Falls area and our neighboring communities. Explore a collection of pottery, tools, arrowheads, reproductions of dress and weapons of the Native people who lived on this land that we now know as Texoma. You will learn about the traditions and technologies of Native people by viewing replicas of other useful objects.
720 Indiana Ave
Wichita Falls, Texas 76301
Red River Valley Museum
The Museum’s collection travels through the archaic, paleo and more familiar native tribes of Indians such as the Comanche, Wichita and Kiowa and includes artifacts up to 2 million years old.
4600 College Drive
Vernon, Texas 76384
Tails ‘N’ Trails Museum
The Museum houses hundreds of Native American artifacts and European trade goods from the vast collection of Texana of the Joe Benton family. Mr Benton amassed the largest regional collection of Indian artifacts in the U.S., and only a fraction of that collection can be on display at any given time. In addition to temporary exhibits which are continually rotated throughout the year.
1522 E Highway 82
Nocona, Texas 76255
Wichita Tribal History Center and Museum
The Wichita Tribal History Center and Museum shares history, archaeology, visual arts, and culture. Visitors can hear the Wichita language, see examples of art and material culture, and learn more about the Wichita people’s proud history in the Southern Plains.
32210 County Street 2670
Anadarko, OK 73005
Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center
Experience the Comanche people’s rich past and present in Lawton at the Comanche National Museum & Cultural Center. Opening its doors in 2007, this museum features programs and exhibits that deepen the understanding and appreciation of Comanche history, culture and fine art.
701 NW Ferris Ave
Lawton, OK 73507
Museum of the Great Plains
The Museum of the Great Plains offers traditional exhibit presentation coupled with innovative discovery-based learning activities, as it continues its mission to “Explore the human history of the Great Plains.”
601 NW Ferris Ave
Lawton, OK 73507
The Bullock Texas State History Museum
With expansive exhibition space showcasing more than 700 original artifacts, discover an ever-changing experience in the Texas History Galleries. Artifacts are continually added, bringing new stories to the Museum each week. The first floor gallery features a one-of-a-kind journey through Texas’s earliest history from its first inhabitants to Mexican Independence in 1821.
1800 Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78701
First Americans Museum
In one place, visitors experience the collective histories of 39 distinctive First American Nations in Oklahoma today. First Americans Museum shares the cultural diversity, history, and contributions of the First Americans.
659 First Americans Blvd
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73129