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Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban citizens, and all of the inspiring Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
This year, there will be a free day-long event on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the historic Santa Fe Plaza commemorating and celebrating Santa Fe’s Native American community members, friends and neighbors. Santa Fe is deeply proud to embrace its rich cultural diversity and the prolific and profound contributions that its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City, which are interwoven and visible throughout, including in the architecture. Enchanted by the beautiful multi-cultural landscape of Santa Fe, visitors from all over the world come to “The City Different” to experience authentic Native American art and culture throughout the year.
The schedule of dances, singing, drumming, and sharing of culture and information on the Plaza for Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 was created with input and recommendations of Tribal Leaders and Tribal Tourism partners. Event programming includes award winning dancing, drumming and singing throughout the day and local Native American non-profit arts, education and culture organizations are participating with community outreach tables and booths on the plaza.
Monday, October 9, Santa Fe Historic Plaza:
8:00 a.m. Morning Flute — Andrew Thomas (Navajo)
8:30 a.m. Morning Drum/Song – Western Mavericks Host Inter-tribal Drum Group
9:00 a.m. Tesuque Pueblo Dancers
10:00 a.m. Zuni Pueblo Soaring Eagle Dance Group
10:45 a.m. Opening Prayer/Dignitary Event – Tribal Leaders and Mayor Javier Gonzales
11:45 a.m. Inter-Tribal Round Dance on the Plaza led by Western Mavericks Drum Group
12:00 p.m. Laguna-Hopi Buffalo Dancers
1:00 p.m. Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)
2:00 p.m. Acoma Pueblo Enchantment Dancers
3:00 p.m. Ohkay Owingeh Two Spirits Dance Group
4:00 p.m. Pueblo of Pojoaque Dancers and Youth Hoop Dancers
5:00 p.m. Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers, Honor Song and Closing Prayer
Weekend Dances on the Plaza
Saturday, October 7:3:30-4:30 p.m. Red Turtle Pueblo Dancers (Santa Clara/Pojoaque Pueblos)
Sunday, October 8:30-4:30 p.m. Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)
George Rivera, the event chair and past Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque says, “Collaboration, recognition, and celebration are the focus of Indigenous Peoples Day. The event provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience Native culture and expand their knowledge and appreciation of indigenous communities in New Mexico.”
The City commissioned noted Jemez Pueblo artist George Toya to create the artwork for the Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day celebration that is being featured in commemorative and promotional materials, including a poster and t-shirts that will be for sale on the Plaza.
Describing the art piece titled “Indigenous World,” Toya says, “The center Sun figure represents everything sacred to our People, the Sun, the elements, our sacred places and life. The Paths represent our migration stories and the routes we took to arrive in our present locations. The four larger circles represent the Pueblo People, starting with the Towa at the top, the Tewa on the right, the Tiwa on the left, and the Keres at the bottom. The two smaller circles on the left and right represent the Zuni and the Hopi. The two smaller circles at the top and bottom represent the Navajo and the Apache. The Stars surrounding the figures represent the night sky and the Deities that guided us to our home lands.” According to Toya, the design represents the interconnected indigenous world of this area.
Proceeds from the sale of the event’s commemorative items will benefit the Santa Fe Indian Center, which supports and promotes the needs and values of the local American Indian community. The event is free, open to the public, and visitors are welcome.
Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 is brought to you by the City of Santa Fe and TOURISM Santa Fe, in collaboration with the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico.
Invitation Header Image: “Indigenous World,” by Jemez Pueblo Artist George Toya.