Indigenous Peoples’ Day is celebrated on the second Monday of October every year and shows how important it is to be aware of cultural heritage. The indigenous peoples of the Americas fought for independence. They passed on knowledge, experience and colossal power to their descendants. Join the celebration and honor all those who lived in their native land.
The UN international organization raised the issue of discrimination against indigenous peoples in 1977. The Dakota State officially recognized the holiday in 1989. Many people liked the idea, so other states joined in. It is interesting that earlier the date was dedicated to Columbus, then moved to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Indigenous peoples treated Columbus Day with pain – because of the discoverer, a huge number of people suffered, colonial torture, oppression by Europeans lasted endlessly … The date recalls unfulfilled promises, pain and traumas that peoples plunged into.
The holiday is celebrated not only in America. People who have at least a little idea of the horrors that the Indians had to endure gather together and tell others about the terrible time. Each of us rejoices that the traditions of our ancestors have survived to this day, and make up a huge part of a great country.
Did you know that:
- Indian women fought on a par with men, and sometimes surpassed them in dexterity and speed;
- many films have been made that reveal the truth about the era;
- many tribes were fond of one game called “shinny” – it became the forerunner of the usual hockey;
- The sequoia tree is named after the Cherokee leader who invented the alphabet.
How to celebrate
Read the literature of the indigenous peoples of America – it contains important things that cannot be described in the article. Attend themed events – organizations create them not only on holidays, but also every month. Honor the past, tell your children about it!
When is Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated in 2022?
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is observed on the second Monday in October each year.