Native arts and crafts in St. Paul
If you weren’t already aware, November is Native American Heritage Month. The website for Native American Heritage Month tells us, “What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.” President Obama recently proclaimed November as National Native American Heritage Month.
For us here at Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center, November is a time for us to reflect on our strong roots and celebrate our heritage. As you may know, our name comes from our owner’s Ojibwe roots. In Ojibwe, “Maaka de Maakwa Azha Wiskaad” translates to “where black bears roam.” Black Bear Crossings was founded as an establishment to help celebrate and support positive American Indian identity. Black Bear Crossings continues that mission today as a St. Paul community fixture where multicultural sharing and positive community building can occur.
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at Black Bear Crossings Café and Banquet Center: When you stop into the café, you’ll find a variety of jewelry, moccasins, birch bark crafts made by local native artists on display, available for purchase. Our selection of native artistry changes regularly, so check back often!
Native American Heritage Month reminds us to acknowledge the first Americans and the contributions that they made and continue to make in our country. A huge part of this is recognizing a culture that is integral to our society. As with everything, our background knowledge of a subject greatly affects what our children know and understand. Take time this month to ask your children what they know about Native American Heritage, past and present. To enhance their learning experience, bring them to Black Bear Crossings Café and have them enjoy a hot chocolate and admire the fantastic artwork that Native Americans in our own community are making.
Located in the historic Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul, Minnesota, Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center manages one of the best coffee shops and gourmet cafés in St. Paul. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Black Bear Crossings Café & Banquet Center also hosts music and events in the park, community meetings and is the ideal historic wedding venue in St. Paul.