Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday, October 11, 2021

The Eiteljorg Museum is excited to celebrate and honor Native or Indigenous Peoples of North, Central, and South America on Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with us!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, will be the 529th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving, lost, on the shores of the Bahamas. Columbus never set soil on North America and Columbus Day was not an official holiday until 1937 when a group of Knights of Columbus pressured President Franklin Roosevelt to create the holiday. Since the late 1980s and early 1990s, places such as South Dakota, Berkeley, CA, and Minneapolis, MN, have been observing Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor the Native or Indigenous Peoples of North, Central, and South America whose arts, cultures, and histories are ultimately holiday –worthy and overdue for celebration.

For many reasons, it behooves us to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. There are still several millions of Indigenous peoples in Central and South America too, despite history recording these peoples as Latin Americans. On Monday, October 11, 2021, the Eiteljorg Museum will host a virtual event in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day—please join in our celebration!

-Dorene Red Cloud (Oglala Lakota), Eiteljorg Associate Curator of Native American Art

Indigenous People's Day play

Learn about the holiday with Indian Market artist and 2020 Artist in Residence D.G. House.

On the second Monday of every October, I celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. As an Indigenous person of this place, whose ancestors have been here since time immemorial, I celebrate their resilience so that I can be here today and say “niila myaamia, mihtohseenia”, “I am Miami, a human being.” I celebrate the continued existence, persistence, and resistance of the Indigenous peoples of this hemisphere despite over five hundred years of the occupation and ongoing colonization to seize lands and resources, physically erase and remove Indigenous peoples from those lands and one another, and remove and suppress knowledge and culture from Indigenous peoples. I celebrate the diversity and beauty of our languages, stories, arts, and cultures.

Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D. (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Former Thomas G. And Susan C. Hoback Curator of Native American Art, History and Culture

Support Native-owned businesses

Food & Drink

Kitá Wines – Chumash premium winery located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.

Native Coffee Traders – Based in New York, and run by Native Americans (Unkechaug and Shinnecock Nations) they know the importance of working with native communities and cooperative family farms throughout South and Central America.

Sarjesa – A socially focused tea company based in Canada that raises awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Séka Hills – specialty foods, like olive oil, wildflower honey, nuts, beef jerky, hummus, and pickled asparagus, from the Yocha Dene Wintun Nation.

Spotted Horse Coffees – Roasts fair trade and organic coffee, featuring amazing Indigenous Women Coffee Producers, from El Salvador, Chiapas, Costa Rica, Honduras and more.

Star Village Coffee – A native-owned and family operated coffee roasting company located on the Reno Sparks Indian Colony.

Tanka Bar – Owned by Oglala Lakotas on the Pine Ridge Reservation, SD, with a mission to provide the very best foods that are sustainably grown by Native American producers, minimally processed with care and respect, to help you feed mind, body and spirit.

Thunder Island Coffee Roasters – A native-owned & operated coffee roasting company, located on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation, Long Island, New York.

Beauty/ Skin Care/ Health:

Cheekbone Beauty – Indigenous-owned beauty brand, known for their make-up and Warrior Women liquid lipsticks.

Mother Earth Essentials – Products for the body.

Sister Sky – Lotions, soaps, shampoos, conditioners.

Herbal Lodge – Natural and organic healing products.

Sakari Botanicals – Custom medicinal native products, contract wholesale plant sales, and native plant consulting services.

ArXotica – Anti-aging beauty products from the arctic tundra with a triple blend of plants and berries, glacier water, and extra virgin salmon oil.

Skwálwen – Indigenous skin care and beauty brand celebrating ancestral plant relationships and Squamish culture.

Nizhoni Soaps – Natural scents and real herbs sourced from the Navajo Nation whipped into soaps, scrubs, wax melts and more.

Haipažaža Pȟežuta – Lakota-made soaps, body butter, hair products, scrubs, bath bombs, and lip balm created from traditional plant knowledge.

Blended Girl Cosmetics – eyeshadow palettes, lashes, brush sets and more.

Ah Shí – Make up kits, cosmetics, skincare, and lipsticks based in Navajo land.

Bison Star Naturals – Lotion, liquid soap, soap, lip balm and more based out of Taos, NM

Bookstores

Birchbark Books – Owned by Louise Erdrich, a store specializing in books, art and jewelry based out of Minneapolis.

Native Realities – All your Indigenous comic book needs and wants.

Chickasaw Press – Native-owned from Oklahoma, featuring both fiction and non-fiction options.

Great Oak Press – Native-owned from California, focusing on sharing and preserving Indigenous languages and cultures

Red Planet Books & Comics – Native Realities, the Albuquerque-based company behind the Indigenous Comic Con, opened this store to feature comics, toys, games, kid’s books and pop art from Native and Indigenous artists and writer

Watch, read, and listen to Native creators

Indigenous Led Podcasts:

All My Relations
Hosts: Matika Wilbur (Swinomish and Tulalip) & Adrienne Keene (Cherokee)
About: All My Relations is a team of folks who care about representations, and how Native peoples are represented in mainstream media. Between us we have decades of experience working in and with Native communities, and writing and speaking about issues of representation.
Episodes
Bonus Episode: Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day Not Columbus Day

Coffee with My Ma
Hosts: Letterkenny Actress Kaniehtiio Horn (Mohawk) and her mom Kahentinetha Horn.
About: My radical activist mother Kahentinetha Horn tells me stories of her very long adventurous life, always with the sense of humour that carried her through.

Missing and Murdered
Premise: Investigative journalist Connie Walker recounts stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The podcast has picked up many awards, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Jackman Award for Excellence in Journalism, a Canadian Screen Award, the inaugural award for best serialized story at the Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago, and was named one of the Best Podcasts of 2018 by Apple Canada.

Métis in Space
Premise: Chelsea Vowel and Molly Swain, both Métis, drink a bottle of wine and review sci-fi movies and television shows from a critical Indigenous lens.

Red Man Laughing
Host: Ryan McMahon (Anishinaabe)
Premise: Ryan’s storytelling comedy style is fast paced, loose & irreverent as he explores the good, the bad & the ugly between Indian Country & the mainstream on RML. Red Man Laughing dedicated its fifth season entirely to the theme of reconciliation, with conversations about the land, youth, education, the Indian Act, and more. Many episodes contain interviews with notable Indigenous personalities, and generally hilarious rants from Ryan. Including, in the latest season, a rant about ugly babies.

Tiddas 4 Tiddas
Host: Marlee Silva (Kamilaori & Dunghutti)
Premise: In each episode, Silva shares stories of Indigenous women across the country doing amazing things. There’s Jerrinja woman and, political  journo Shahni Wellington and artist Hannah Brontë, a proud Wakka Wakka Yaegel woman. Each chat will inspire you as these incredible women celebrate their culture and incredible careers.

Films:
More Than Frybread
Smoke Signals
Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
Clearcut
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Reel Injun [Film]
Osama Likes Frybread [You Tube short video]
Ten Canoes
Four Sheets to the Wind
On the Ice
Medicine River [TV Movie]
Harold of Orange
Before Tomorrow
Powwow Highway
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open

Television Shows:
Rutherford Falls
Reservation Dogs
Spirit Rangers
Trickster

Music:
Supaman
Snotty Nose Rez Kids
The Halluci Nation (Formerly A Tribe Called Red)
Innastate
Gabriel Ayala
Pamyua
Wade Fernandez
Brulé
Joanne Shenandoah
Shelley Morningsong
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Carlos Nakai
Keith Secola
Tony Duncan
Kalyn Fay

Authors:
Rebecca Roanhorse
Eden Robinson
Waubgeshig Rice
Aviaq Johnston
Stephen Graham Jones
Daniel H. Wilson
Louise Erdrich
Joy Harjo
Jack D. Forbes
Dennis E. Staples
Natalie Diaz
Richard Wagamese
Carol Rose GoldenEagle
Cherie Dimaline
Tommy Orange
Leslie Marmon Silko
David Robertson
Darcie Little Badger

Children’s Authors/Books:
What’s my Superpower?
I am Native
Métis Christmas Mittens
Spirits of the Northern Lights
Surviving the City, part 1

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