Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous Peoples Day 2019 Events
Indigenous Peoples Mural Dedication
Saturday, Oct. 12, 10:00 a.m.
The Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut St.
The Dairy Arts Center commissioned a new mural by artist LMNOPI in acknowledgment and recognition of the culture and history of Boulder’s Indigenous people. This project is in partnership with Streetwise Boulder and the Office of Arts and Culture. The mural is in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and depicts the likeness of local artist, dancer and actress Sarah Ortegon. In the background LMNOPI has painstakingly rendered a topographical map of the Wind River Indian Reservation. .More information can be found at: TheDairy.org/INSIGHTS/
Responsibilities to Our Land: An Indigenous Worldview of Our Natural World
Saturday, Oct. 12, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
More Information at: BoulderAudubon.org
Funded by the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department and organized by the Boulder County Audubon Society (BCAS), this will consist of two 1.5 hour field trips/walks in Open Space and Mountain Park (OSMP) natural areas organized by BCAS and led by Dr. Doreen Martinez, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at CSU.
Dr. Martinez, an Indigenous/Native American expert, will engage participants in exploring and will share understandings of our natural world using Indigenous frameworks and perspectives and, when appropriate, her Nations’ specific understandings, worldviews and stories about the natural world.
No cost, but registration is required. Limit 15 people per walk. Reserve your spot by emailing Ray Bridge at [email protected] with the subject line “Indigenous hike”. In the text, please include the full name of all people who will attend with you and your preferred starting time.
Celebrating Boulder’s Native Peoples
Sunday, Oct. 13, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Boulder High School
Building on Right Relationship Boulder’s very successful Indigenous Peoples Day event last year, this organization is collaborating with Southern Arapaho Nation to create an event to bring Native people from Boulder’s past and present together in one great celebration. Last year we invited Southern and Northern Arapaho people, whose ancestors were forced out of the Boulder Valley, to “come home” for the City’s Indigenous Peoples Day. They gave performances and presentations to a very enthusiastic Boulder audience of 600-800 people. This year the Arapaho would like to come back and give similar performances – and they would also like to learn about the Native people who live in Boulder today. So, this year’s celebration, from noon to 6 pm on Sunday, Oct. 13, will also include performances and presentations by Native youth and adults who live in Boulder. The day’s events will include a Native-foods lunch organized by Boulder’s interfaith community, a traditional Grand Entry, welcome by Boulder officials, gift giving, dance demonstrations by Arapaho and local Native dancers, traditional hand games for all ages, Arapaho language lessons, Native arts demonstrations and vendors, Boulder-area Native poets, musicians, and dancers, and storytelling with Native elders.
Events will be held from 9:30am-5:30pm at Boulder High School and will include:
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. - Seminar: Indigeneity v1.0: Teachings for Allyship” from 9:30 to 11 am. To register please go to: tiny.cc/IPDALLY
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch: Tickets are limited, and to register, please email: [email protected]
11:45 a.m. - 3 p.m. - Tocabe Food Truck will be on-site.
1 - 5:30 p.m. - Grand entry, dignitaries, dances, hand games, storytelling, artist presentations, art vendors, Elders Q&A.
Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow
Saturday, Oct. 12 – Monday, Oct. 14 noon – 6 p.m. daily
Boulder’s International Peace Garden, Civic Park area West of Municipal Building
Organized by the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Organizing Committee nonprofit, the Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow’s main purpose is act as a social event where Boulder residents can learn about Indigenous traditions and gain a new understanding of Indigenous culture. This Pow Wow celebrates traditional indigenous cultural practices and will offer prize money to dancers and Northern and Southern Drum hosts – which includes the Arapahoe and Northern Cheyenne. The event will conclude with community dancing; thus, allowing Boulder residents an opportunity to partake in this tradition.
Indigenous Peoples Day Parade
Monday, Oct. 14, 10 - 11 a.m.
Downtown Boulder, starts at Pearl Street and 14th Street, goes to Pearl Street and 11th Street
Also put on by the Boulder Valley Indigenous Peoples Day Organizing Committee nonprofit, this event will be a profound moment of healing and celebration.
American Indian Youth Leadership Institute (AIYLI) Youth-led Performers/Artist Forum
Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 - 5 p.m.
Location Boulder High School
AIYLI will provide a youth-led cultural performers/artist forum to provide entertainment, bringing together our Boulder community, visiting Tribes, performers students, and other interested people. Our cultural performer activities (dance performance troupe, music, visual art demo, singing, dancing) will encourage all presenters to inspire and will provide an opportunity for our local youth to showcase their talents and promote indigenous culture and ways to share their history and heritage using their gift. The desired impact is to support the youth and encourage their talent to transform a diverse community in the performing arts, i.e., dance, music, visual artist-demo, singing and dancing.
Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous Peoples Day is part of a national effort to recognize and honor the existence, culture and contributions of the original inhabitants of North America on the day that has for the past 82 years been observed as Columbus Day.
Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations have been adopted by cities and counties across the United States: Albuquerque, NM; Alpina, MI; Anadarko, OK; Berkeley, CA; Bexar County, TX; Lawrence, KS; Los Angeles, CA; Minneapolis, MN; Olympia, WA; Portland, OR; St. Paul, MN; Santa Cruz, CA; and Seattle, WA.
Locally, the City of Denver passed a one-year proclamation in 2015 replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day; this designation was made permanent the following year.
In a 2016 report prepared by the Governor of Colorado’s Commission to Study American Indian Representation in Public Schools, commission Chair Clement Frost of the Southern Ute Tribe called for the state to “recognize the role of American Indians in Colorado’s history and to ensure that this history is taught comprehensively and accurately.” 1 At both a national and regional level, it is important to realign the public’s knowledge toward a more whole, realistic historical perspective and provide opportunities to share the stories, culture and history of the Indigenous Peoples of North America.
Indigenous Peoples Day in Boulder
A community-initiated project with the assistance of Mary Young, the City of Boulder Mayor pro tem, to adopt Indigenous Peoples Day took place throughout 2016. The committee expressed a high-level of commitment to two objectives in the resolution process: First is a focus on the Boulder area and its significance to Native American culture. Second is an accurate history of Native interaction with the Europeans who arrived largely in the 19th century. In response to the committee’s proposal, a resolution was passed by City Council on Aug. 2, 2016 that officially recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day.
Indigenous Peoples of North America
The earliest known human inhabitants of Boulder, the Clovis people, left artifacts that date back to approximately 11,000 BCE. Archaeologists believe that they, along with their camels and other animals, congregated at a site along Gregory Creek. Yes, camels roamed around Boulder Valley at that time! In subsequent years, many Paleo-Indian cultures inhabited areas of present-day Colorado including the Anasazi. These ancestral Puebloans are known for their rich culture of architecture: cliff dwellings and pit houses; crafting: basket-making, pendants and bracelets; rock art; agriculture and trade.
Among contemporary tribes, the Ute migrated to Colorado from Utah sometime prior to the 1600s to hunt large herds of buffalo. They were followed by the Comanche in the 1700s and later by the Arapaho and Cheyenne along with several other indigenous groups. The following is a list of Indigenous Peoples of North America:
|Ababco||Aleut||Arikara (Arikaree, Ree)|
|Abenaki (or Abnaki)||Alliklik||Arosaguntacook|
|Bear River||Big Swamp Indians||Buena Vista|
|Cape Fear Indians||Cheyenne||Cochiti|
|Chactoo||Chippewa Chiricahua Apache||Cowlitz|
|Deadose||Diné - See Navajo||Dwamish|
|Eyak||Eskimo - See Inuit||Etchareottine|
|Fernandeño||Five Civilized Tribes||Fremont|
|Flathead - See Salish||Fox||Fresh Water|
|Gabrieleno - See Tongva||Gros Ventre||Guale|
|Isleta del Sur|
|Lenape - See Delaware||Luckeamute|
|Panamint||Peoria||Pohoy, Pooy, Posoy|
|Rappahannock||Ree - See Arikara||Rouge River|
|Sac and Fox||Seneca|
|Sauk - See Sac||Tunxis|
|Walapai - See Hualupai||Waxhaw||Winyaw|
|Wappo||Wenatchee - See Yakama||Wyandot|
|Yankton - See Nakota||Yscanis|