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November is Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate at our libraries!

Shades of L.A. Oral Histories

Digitized oral history interview with a "Shades of L.A." participant about her experience living in Southern California.

Dance performance for American Indian employees of Los Angeles County circa 1978.


Glenda Ahhaitty (Native American)

Oral History Interview - Part 1 | Part 2
Transcribed Summary


Library Programs


July 6, 2015 4:00PM to 5:00PM
Ages 11-18: come join us for a God's Eye (Ojo de Dios) Craft. A maximum of 25 paticipants will be able to weave different colored yarn and popsicle sticks into a wall hanging traditional to the Native American Pueblo and Central American Huichol cultures. Space is limited to 25 participants, so please come early (first come first served). For more information, please call Sylmar Library at 818-367-6102 and check out our website:


Special Resources

Shades of L.A. Native American 
Images from our archive of 10,000 photographs representing the contemporary and historic diversity of families in Los Angeles.
Linda and Bobby, children of Joseph and Trudy Tafoya, pose for a portrait in traditional Native American clothing.

Native American Index
An index to books, periodical articles and vertical file holdings of the Central Library's History & Genealogy Dept. on the tribes of North, Central, and South America.

Native American Heritage Month
Information and resources from the Library of Congress.

The first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study and exhibition of the life, languages, history and arts of Native Americans.
Trace Indian Ancestry (U.S. Department of the Interior)
Information on how to trace your American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry for eligibility in a federally recognized tribe.