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November Celebration!

November 7, 2012

Hi from McPopper Children’s Hospital! It’s Lily at the computer, and I hope you’re all having a great day. November has just begun, and that means it’s National Native American Heritage Month! In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a resolution that declared that November is National Native American Heritage Month, and I’m sure glad that he did. The United States has a rich history, and I think it’s really important to celebrate the amazing cultures of Native Americans. That’s what makes our country unique! Here are some fun Native American facts that I learned today:

The ten largest Native American tribes in the United States are the Cherokee, Navajo, Choctaw, Sioux, Chippewa, Apache, Blackfeet, Iroquois, Pueblo, and Creek.

Native Americans domesticated foods like tomatoes, corn, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, papayas, avocados, pineapples, chilies, and cocoa. (Cocoa is what makes chocolate. Yum!) Native Americans were also the first to raise turkeys and honeybees for food.

The Iroquois invented the game of lacrosse and called it “stickball.” Awesome!

It’s fun learning about Native American culture. And don’t forget…have a critterrific November day!

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