Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Crafts and Recipes for Families

November 12, 2023

November is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Native Americans. Native American Heritage Month provides a wonderful opportunity for families to learn, engage, and celebrate together. In this article, we'll explore some creative crafts and a delicious recipe that you can enjoy while honoring Native American heritage.

Craft #1: Dream Catchers

Dream catchers are traditional Native American crafts believed to protect people from negative dreams and energies. Creating your own dream catcher is a fun craft and a way to connect with Native American traditions.


A small hoop (you can use a metal or wooden embroidery hoop)

Suede lace or yarn




Craft glue

A piece of fabric or leather for the center


Begin by wrapping the suede lace or yarn around the hoop to cover it completely, securing the ends with a knot or a dab of craft glue.

Cut a length of suede lace or yarn to create the web inside the hoop. Start by tying one end to the hoop with a double knot.

Stretch the lace across the hoop to the opposite side, then loop it around the outside of the hoop and bring it through the center.

Continue this process, moving around the hoop and creating a web-like pattern in the center.

Once you've completed the web, tie off the lace with a knot and trim any excess.

Attach beads and feathers to the bottom of the dream catcher using more suede lace or yarn.

Finally, attach a piece of fabric or leather to the center of the dream catcher for added decoration.

Craft #2: Corn Husk Dolls

Corn husk dolls are a traditional Native American craft that can be both educational and enjoyable for children. These dolls are made from dried corn husks and are a great way to learn about Native American culture.


Dried corn husks (soaked in warm water until pliable)

String or twine


Markers or paint (for decorating)


Take a few corn husks and layer them together, overlapping slightly.

Fold the husks in half lengthwise, creating a skirt-like shape with the folded end at the top.

Secure the top of the folded husks with string or twine, leaving a small section at the top to form the doll's head.

Shape the top section into a head by twisting it and tying it off with more twine.

Use markers or paint to add a face, clothing, and any other details to your corn husk doll.

Recipe: Native American Three Sisters Stew

The "Three Sisters" in this recipe refer to corn, beans, and squash, which were staples in many Native American diets. This stew is a nutritious and delicious way to celebrate Native American heritage.


1 cup dried beans (such as black or pinto beans), soaked overnight

2 cups diced butternut squash

2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups vegetable or chicken broth

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil for sautéing


In a large pot, heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and garlic, and sauté until they become translucent.

Add the soaked and drained beans, butternut squash, corn, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper to the pot. Stir well to combine.

Pour in the vegetable or chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 30-40 minutes, or until the beans and squash are tender.

Adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve hot.

These crafts and recipe are a fantastic way for families to engage with and celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Whether you're crafting dream catchers and corn husk dolls or savoring a delicious Three Sisters Stew, you'll be fostering an appreciation for the rich cultural heritage of Native Americans while enjoying quality family time together.