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Looking for Ways to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis?

October 9, 2015Patrick NunnallyEvents, Program & AnnouncementsComments Off on Looking for Ways to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis?

Our friends at the Healing Place Collaborative were recognized this week as one of the winners in the 2015 St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge.  Huge congratulations to them all and we can’t wait to see how the Dakota Language Table will work!

In the meantime, especially for those of you who have Monday October 12 off, here’s a list of things you can do to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in Minneapolis and at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  It’s truly wonderful that there are so many possibilities!  What follows is cut/paste so apologies for odd formatting–scroll down to see all the good stuff!

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City sponsored events:

Sunrise ceremony

7:15 a.m.
Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun, 3700 Thomas Ave. S.
(The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board added the Dakota name “Bde Maka Ska” to the brown entry signs surrounding Lake Calhoun as a way to honor the Dakota people and educate the public about the Dakota name of the lake.)

Red Shawl Round Dance

9:00 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Brunch catered by Powwow Grounds

9:30 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

Panel discussion

Moderator: Deanna Standing Cloud
Panelists: Sharon Day and Robert DesJarlait
10 a.m.
American Indian Center, 1530 E. Franklin Ave.

The Indigenous People’s Day Hip Hop Show
5-8:30 p.m.
Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave.

Other event sponsors include Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors and Minneapolis American Indian Center.

About Indigenous Peoples Day

Since 2014, the City recognizes the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day, marking and celebrating the significance of the American Indian and Indigenous community in Minneapolis, as well as the city’s history of American Indian activism. Minneapolis’ 2014 resolution, in part, states, “The City of Minneapolis shall continue its efforts to promote the well-being and growth of the Minneapolis American Indian and Indigenous community. … Indigenous Peoples Day shall be used to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people on this land, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value that Dakota, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous nations add to our city.”

Also in the area:

Saint Paul Indigenous Peoples Day
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Crowne Plaza, 11 Kellogg Blvd. E., Saint Paul


The City of Minneapolis has officially changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day, and Mia is celebrating with a day dedicated to Native American art, both traditional and contemporary. Get hands-on in studio sessions, meet Native artists, and feel the rhythm with live drumming and dance performances.

Dance Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance

11:3012:30 & 2 p.m.

Delight in vibrant and rhythmic dances from Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue Aztec Dance.

Dance Yellowhouse Dancers

Noon1:30 & 3 p.m.

Hoop dances tell stories through form and movement. Marvel at hoop dance performances from world championship-class hoop dancers from the Yellowhouse Dancers.

Interactive Performances Miskwa Desjarlait

Noon–3 p.m.

Join artist and dancer Miskwa Desjarlait, and discover the stories and artistry behind Native dances.

Performance and Talk Talon Bazille Ducheneaux

1 p.m.

Meet rapper and expression artist Talon ‘Bazille DX’ Ducheneaux and hear about his journey from the Cheyenne River, Crow Creek, and Rosebud Reservations to the Ivy Leagues.

Art-making Symmetrical Style

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Compose a collage that’s simply striking, inspired by black and white Pueblo pottery. Design your own shapes, then flip them to create a symmetrical work of art.

Art-making Gold Pendants

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Craft a dazzling gold creation inspired by Mesoamerican ornaments.

Gallery Hunt Circle, Square, Everywhere

11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Seek out your favorite shapes as you explore Native American art in Mia’s collection.

Preschool Tour Pattern

11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Go on an adventure exploring patterns in art of the Americas, with a tour designed especially for little ones.

Art Cart Americas

Noon–4 p.m.

Get hands-on with objects representing Native cultures from the Arctic to South America with our great Native Collection in Focus Guides.

Tour From Anishinaabe to Zapotec: Art of the Americas

2 & 3:30 p.m.

Take a family-friendly tour and explore art of the Indigenous Peoples from ancient times to the present.


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