Indigenous Peoples' Day - October
Mon, Oct 14, 2024

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year to honor the indigenous peoples of the Americas, who fought for independence and passed on knowledge, experience, and power to their descendants.

History

The United Nations first raised the issue of discrimination against indigenous peoples in 1977. The state of South Dakota was the first to officially recognize the holiday in 1989, after which other states began to follow suit. Initially, the day was dedicated to Columbus, but was later changed to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Indigenous peoples have long associated Columbus Day with pain, as the explorer brought colonial torture and oppression from Europeans. Thus, the date serves to remind us of the unfulfilled promises, pain, and trauma that these peoples endured.

The holiday is celebrated not only in America, but also around the world. People who have any knowledge of the horrors that the indigenous people had to endure come together to share their stories. Everyone rejoices in the fact that the traditions of our ancestors remain alive to this day.

Interesting Facts

  • Indigenous women fought side by side with men and often surpassed them in dexterity and speed.
  • Many films have been made that depict the truth of this era.
  • Many tribes were fond of a game called “shinny,” which was a precursor to modern hockey.
  • The sequoia tree is named after the Cherokee leader who is credited with inventing the Cherokee alphabet.

How to Take Part

To truly honor the past, read literature by indigenous authors, attend themed events (which are often held more than once a year), and share your knowledge with the younger generations. By doing these things, we can all take part in celebrating the legacy of the indigenous peoples of America.

When is Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated in 2024?

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed on the second Monday in October each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 14 2024
Monday October 13 2025
Monday October 12 2026
Monday October 11 2027
Monday October 9 2028
Monday October 8 2029