RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- It is National Native American Heritage month and many events are taking place throughout November in northern Nevada.
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony said it is a way for everyone to learn more about their culture. "Great time to reflect, to celebrate, to be thankful for our ancestors and to look at our promising future," said Stacey Montooth.
Organizers said the colony wants to share its culture with all northern Nevadans and this month is a way to do just that. "Without knowing about Great Basin Indians, you really don't know the history of the state of Nevada, but moreover, we're continuing, we're still here, we have these vibrant ceremonies, these great celebrations," said Montooth.
You can participate in several events this month including contests, exhibits, and more. A colony book fair fundraiser is happening at Barnes & Noble until 10 p.m. on Thursday, which organizers said is crucial. "Our library is a small library, we service about 1200 people in our community, and we're run off of a small grant, so most of our books come from fundraising," said librarian Adriana Gutierrez.
Montooth said so far this month, several Nevadans have already shown interest in Native American heritage and she hopes the Colony will continue to inspire more people. "It really means a lot to us, there has been so much interest and we want to share our culture and it's clear Nevadans want to engage and they want to learn."
All celebrations happening this month are open to the public. A slam dunk showcase is scheduled for Friday night. For a full list of all events, click here