Native American Day is celebrated every year on the fourth Friday of September. In 2022, this day falls on September 23rd. This is a great occasion to honor those who were part of America’s history before the USA was born. Unfortunately, Native American history is one of violence and strife, and was written in blood and tears. Today, representatives of the tribes have almost disappeared, but the remaining ones honor the traditions and remember significant events.
The mission of the holiday is to tell people about Native Americans, their culture and traditions in order to change their attitude towards them. We are talking about the indigenous people of North America. Then the mainland was gradually inhabited by Europeans, conquered the land. But until now, people who could be found from the shores of the Pacific Ocean to the shores of the Atlantic, from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, are an integral part of the history of America.
- Native American Day was declared a national day in 1998. In 1990, South Dakota declared a year of reconciliation between the indigenous peoples of the Americas and the rest of the population.
- The Mohawk hairstyle was named after the Iroquois tribe.
- If an artifact is found in Native American territory, it cannot be appropriated.
- It was the indigenous tribes of America who were the first to domesticate the variety of corn from which popcorn is made.
How to take part
Dedicate this day to learn about the indigenous tribes that inhabited the Americas. History, traditions, and culture deserve attention and respect. Many American museums have collections of artifacts that tell the story of their lives. September 23 is a great occasion to visit such a museum. Native American Day hosts numerous events; visit the one closest to you.
When is Native American Day celebrated in 2023?
Native American Day is observed on the fourth Friday of September each year.