|In honor of our "Draw a Native Hero"
contest, Canku Ota and Blue Corn Comics declare May to be Native Heroes
Month. The month is dedicated to all the sung and unsung Native people
who have made America the multicultural miracle it is today.
Why is May Native Heroes Month? Why not?
Native people are tired of having their history ghettoized in November,
and nothing much happens in May. Besides, our "Draw a Native
Hero" contest ends May 31 and we want schoolkids to finish
their year with an entertaining and educational blast.
As we define them, "Native heroes"
includes the anonymous heroes who domesticated corn and built civilizations
such as Cahokia, historical heroes such as Pocahontas and Sitting
Bull, modern heroes such as Will Rogers and Wilma Mankiller, and
personal heroes such as one's parents or teachers. It also includes
fictional heroes such as Tonto, Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and
Jim Chee, Thunderbird of the X-Men, and Billy and Drew of Peace
To celebrate the newly-minted Native Heroes
Month, here's a short quiz on the subject. The answers are at the
bottom. Feel free to print or distribute this quiz to others.
To learn more about the art contest, visit
Heroes Art Contest
- Who said: "You must not hurt
anybody or do harm to anyone. You must
not fight. Do right always. It will give you satisfaction in life"?
- Why did the patriots at the Boston
Tea Party dress like Indians?
- Whom does this passage in "Famous
Indians" describe: "Profoundly
disturbed by the growing menace to Indian lands and life represented
by white expansion, he worked out a great plan for his people's
future. The only Indian hope, he believed, lay in uniting. He
dreamed of a powerful confederation of tribes which would create
a great Indian state
centered around the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes."
- What's the highest position an Indian
has reached in the United States
government and who accomplished this feat?
- Which Indian did many people think
was the Athlete of the (20th)
- Which Indian woman was named "Woman
of the Year" by President Eisenhower
in 1952 and won a Trustee Award from the First Americans in the
- Who is scheduled to be the first Indian
astronaut in space?
You can find the answers here: