Indigenous People’s Day Celebration
The Redhawk Native American Arts Council held its Indigenous People’s Day celebration on Randall’s Island this past weekend. The gathering continued through till Monday in protest of Columbus Day observation across the US. Guests were invited to listen to speakers, watch traditional performances and encouraged to open their hearts.
Indigenous People’s Day also gives people a platform to address social-political unrest. ChichaRadical, an Ecuadorian Indigenous group, spoke out with their concerns on President Lenín Moreno’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy which has sparked violent protests across Ecuador. Their impassioned cry for solidarity demanded to be heard by the NYC crowd.
Every year more people are choosing to recognize Indigenous People’s Day as a way to give thanks that native people are still here and thriving. When we celebrate native heritage we invite the opportunity to understand a deeper sense of self and community. This understanding flows across borders and has strong roots in humanitarianism. See more about the celebration in the video below.