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Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day: Weekend Dances on the Historic Santa Fe Plaza
October 7 - October 8, 2017
Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban citizens, and all of the inspiring Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
This year, there will be a free day-long event on Monday, October 9, 2017, at the historic Santa Fe Plaza commemorating and celebrating Santa Fe’s Native American community members, friends and neighbors.
The schedule of dances, singing, drumming, and sharing of culture and information on the Plaza for Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 was created with input and recommendations of Tribal Leaders and Tribal Tourism partners. Event programming includes award winning dancing, drumming and singing throughout the day and local Native American non-profit arts, education and culture organizations are participating with community outreach tables and booths on the plaza.
Saturday, October 7: 3:30p.m. -4:30 p.m. Red Turtle Pueblo Dancers (Santa Clara/Pojoaque Pueblos)
Sunday, October 8: 3:30p.m. -4:30 p.m. Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)
Monday, October 9, Santa Fe Historic Plaza:
8:00 a.m. Morning Flute — Andrew Thomas (Navajo)
8:30 a.m. Morning Drum/Song – Western Mavericks Host Inter-tribal Drum Group
9:00 a.m. Tesuque Pueblo Dancers
10:00 a.m. Zuni Pueblo Soaring Eagle Dance Group
10:45 a.m. Opening Prayer/Dignitary Event – Tribal Leaders and Mayor Javier Gonzales
11:45 a.m. Inter-Tribal Round Dance on the Plaza led by Western Mavericks Drum Group
12:00 p.m. Laguna-Hopi Buffalo Dancers
1:00 p.m. Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)
2:00 p.m. Acoma Pueblo Enchantment Dancers
3:00 p.m. Ohkay Owingeh Two Spirits Dance Group
4:00 p.m. Pueblo of Pojoaque Dancers and Youth Hoop Dancers
5:00 p.m. Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers, Honor Song and Closing Prayer