Indigenous Peoples Day is celebrated every year on the second Monday of October. Let’s celebrate with the First Nations, the first Americans. Learn all about his exciting holiday here!

Indigenous Peoples Day

The second Monday in October is Indigenous People’s Day, a fairly new holiday that has gained strength since its inception in 1991. The memorable date celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

Indigenous Peoples Day is meant to replace Columbus Day, a date that celebrates the discovery of the Americas. Now we understand such discovery was more of a violent conquest, and the First Nations suffered the most.

Today we celebrate American Indigenous People, not the discovery of a place that was already inhabited. Columbus Day was established as a federal holiday in 1937, but now many States and localities have adopted Indigenous Peoples Day instead, not without controversy.

Not everyone enjoys changing the old for the new, and Columbus Day has many fans, especially amongst the Italian American community. Still, Indigenous Peoples Day is the new paradigm, and it’s now the new holiday to commemorate the rich history and cultural contributions of America’s indigenous people.

Reparations are in order; we must give indigenous people the respect they deserve. This was their country first, after all, and the colonists just took it for themselves. Of course, this is America, and everyone is welcome. Things just need to be fair.

Let’s celebrate Indigenous People’s Day by learning a bit more about our country’s history. Let’s visit a museum or read a book, let’s learn about the many cultures that have called this land home for hundreds of years! The country has a rich history, and it goes back to the indigenous people!

History of Indigenous People’s Day

Indigenous People’s Day is celebrated the second Monday in October, often aligning with Columbus Day, celebrated every October 10. In fact, Indigenous People’s Day is meant to replace the other to change our focus towards the continent’s discovery.

The discovery of America was a violent event that led to the destruction of many indigenous cultures. The land was taken by force, and most of the country’s history was erased. Now it’s time to commemorate the 10 million indigenous people that lived here before the arrival of European colonists and celebrate their contribution to the country’s history.

Indigenous People’s Day was first adopted in Berkeley back in 1991 with excellent traction nationwide. Today, it’s still not a national or official date, but we’re getting there. Celebrate the indigenous people who still live and practice their culture in the country and be proud of being their neighbor.

How to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

Visit one of many events organized around the country featuring indigenous food, music, dancing and customs. There are many ways of honoring the indigenous civilizations established here hundreds of years ago – there’s still a solid indigenous community in the country!

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