Native American Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October and tells us about those who have long lived and worked on the lands of beautiful America. Perhaps not everyone knows that the history of the natives is written in violence and blood … The purpose of the holiday is to delve into history and learn from it, as well as honor all who were part of the United States at any time.
Native American Day was made official in 1998. It is widely celebrated in every state with various festivals and concerts. Indigenous people have been present throughout the continent since before the time when settlers from Europe began to colonize the land. A lot of time has passed since then, and all we have left is the memory of the past.
The holiday focuses on the heritage, culture, knowledge and contributions that have been passed down to us from our ancestors. We have a duty to preserve them and thank the Native American communities for their strength, energy and resilience. Often we do not think about our origin and do not spend enough time studying history. It’s time to fix!
Did you know that Native Americans:
- Popcorn was the first to be invented. This statement is figurative, but for the first time people domesticated corn, from which the delicacy is made;
- subjected to persecution and humiliation, they had to spend their days on reservations;
- used the Navajo language, which was used during the Vietnam War. The messages were not deciphered by any opponent;
- had 3 main language groups;
- retained the names of some states – Missouri, Kentucky, Arizona, Idaho;
- endowed totems with meaning: sometimes they depicted animals that were considered special for the family.
How to celebrate
Read the story – it is amazing and will always answer all questions! Visit the city’s museums and get acquainted with Indian artifacts, look at the art of the inhabitants in different centuries. Find out about other activities – take your friends and enjoy the day.
When is National Native American Day celebrated in 2022?
National Native American Day is observed on the second Monday in October each year.