Cultural Resources

November 2023




Celebrates and honors the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States. 

The Boston Public Library has published a book list of Native Lives, Native Stories 2023 - of recent titles focusing on the cultures, histories, experiences, and diversity of the Native American communities. 

  • Origin Stories: The Pequot War and Indigenous Enslavement in New England | November 1, Central Library in Copley Square | Award-winning historian Margaret Newell reveals how New England slavery began with the Pequot War and the enslavement of Indigenous people. She will be joined by Joshua Carter, executive director of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, and Michael Thomas, member of the board of the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and former chair of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council to share their perspectives on the Pequot War and the consequences of slavery.

  • Documentary Club: Pure Grit | November 7, Mattapan | Screening of Pure Grit, a 2021 documentary. Filmed over the course of three years in the breathtaking Wyoming landscape, Pure Grit focuses on Sharmaine Weed, a young Native American woman in her 20s who loves bareback horse racing, a sport favored by Indigenous people in the region of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Stolen Relations: Centuries of Native Enslavement in the Americas | November 15, Central Library in Copley Square |A panel of Native leaders and historians representing the Nipmuc, Narragansett, Wampanoag Tribes and Nations, and from Brown University will provide presentations about the enslavement of millions of Indigenous people in the Americas between 1492 and 1900.

  • Wampanoag Food-ways are Fun-ways | November 18, Roxbury | Indian Education Coordinator for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Kitty Hendricks-Miller (Nenaweetah) will lead a class in making traditional Wampanoag boiled bread and will discuss historic Wampanoag cooking methods and local ingredients.

  • Hyde Park Book Club: The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich | November 30, Hyde Park and Online | A discussion of The Night Watchman, a 2020 novel by Louise Erdrich, which follows a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in the 1950s.


November 11 - VETERANS’ DAY 

Honors military veterans and the U.S. Armed Services.

The observation will take place at Veterans Park, the area that is bounded by High, Church, and Pond streets. The ceremony will feature speakers including American Legion Commander Dick Paster. 


November 12 - DIWALI 

Hindu Also called Deepavali, “Festival of Lights”, it celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance. 


Thanksgiving - November 23 

Following a 19th century tradition, it commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest feast in the

autumn of 1621. It is considered by some to be a "national day of mourning," in recognition

of the conquest of Native Americans by colonists.


*Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birthday - November 27 

Guru Nanak Dev’s was the First Guru of the Sikhs and the Founder of Sikhism. He was born in mid-November; the holiday is celebrated

according to the lunar date.




Join our equity learning community! Explore some of the books, articles, videos, and websites we have found valuable in building diversity, equity, and integration in Westwood.





Teaching Resources




Boston Public Library Latinx Book List (books for kids, teens, and adults)


8 Ideas for Teaching National Hispanic Heritage Month 





Educators throughout the district have participated in courses and book studies to guide our work and thinking:

  • Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy by Gholdy Muhammad

  • Unconscious Bias In Schools: A Developmental Approach to Exploring Race and Racism by Tracey A. Benson and Sarah E. Fiarman

  • Education Across Borders: Immigration, Race, and Identity in the Classroom by Jalene Tamerat, Marie Lily Cerat, and Patrick Sylvain

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo


We work with IDEASInitiatives for Developing Equity and Achievement for Students as a M.A.S.S.Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents and professional development partner for DEI.

Westwood works with MPDEMassachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education to meet and recruit educators of color as prospective candidates for faculty and staff positions.

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