INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY

Mexican Banana Bark Painting

Mexican Banana Bark Painting

Dictionary.com defines the word indigenous as “originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native (often followed by to): the plants indigenous to Canada; the indigenous peoples of southern Africa.”

Indigenous Peoples Day is a holiday that began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, recognizing the contributions of the indigenous people of North America.

Columbus Day which is usually celebrated on the second Monday in October, is a federal holiday in the U.S. but it is not observed in every state.

In 1992, the International Indian Treaty Council persuaded the city council of Berkeley California to declare Columbus Day as a “Day of Solidarity” with indigenous people. The declaration was a protest of the conquest of North America by Europeans and the council agreed, implementing a series of programs in museums, libraries and schools.

Other cities, states and institutions now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day.

In 1994, the United Nations declared August 9th International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. The goal of the declaration was to highlight the problems and possible solutions that indigenous people face in the areas of health, environment, employment, education, etc.

August 9th continues to be recognized as the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People.

See the Art/Tutorials link above to learn to make a Dream Catcher.

 

 

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