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SWANA Heritage Month

Southwest Asian North African (SWANA) Heritage Month

Southwest Asian & North African Culture Guide (PDF)

SWANA Heritage Month

SWANA honors the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Southwest Asian and North African heritage. Throughout the month, enjoy a diverse array of lectures, films, cooking demonstrations and performance programs for all ages at every library location.

In recent years, the Library has celebrated Middle Eastern Heritage. In order to recognize more of our residents and the region, we are renaming our celebration SWANA. Many universities are adopting this language for use with their Middle Eastern studies programs. SWANA is a way to describe the Southwest Asian and North African region in a geographical, non-political, non-religious and non-Eurocentric way.

Southwest Asian & North African Culture Map (PDF)