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Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

Saturday October 6 - Monday, October 8, 2018 – Downtown Santa Fe Historic Plaza

Join in for a Celebration of Culture and Communityǃ
In 2016, the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe passed an historic resolution to establish the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. Santa Fe is deeply proud to embrace its rich cultural diversity and the prolific and profound contributions that its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City. Visitors from all over the world come to “The City Different” to experience authentic Native American art and culture throughout the year. On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to remember, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, our urban Indian citizens and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place and make it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.

The format for Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 will be similar to 2017. With exceptionally high visitor attendance and popularity of the performances on the Saturday and Sunday prior (“Indigenous Peoples Day Weekend”), which coincides with Balloon Fiesta, we will be expanding the Native American traditional sharing of culture schedule as follows:

Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2018 Schedule:


Saturday, October 6th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:


12:00pm – 3:45pm
Native American Dancing Groups

Sunday, October 7th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:

12:00pm – 3:45pm
Native American Dancing Groups

Monday, October 8th - Santa Fe Historic Plaza:

9:30am – 10:00am
Morning Flute & Prayer

10:00am -11:30am
Dignitary Event with Santa Fe Mayor and Tribal Leaders

12:00pm - 12:45pm
Drumming Group

1:00pm – 1:45pm
Zuni Pueblo Soaring Eagle Dance Group

2:00pm – 2:45pm
Hopi Dance Group

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Pueblo of Tesuque Buffalo Dance Group

4:00pm – 4:45pm
Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers (Inter-Tribal)

5:00pm – 5:30pm
Closing Prayer

Events are subject to revision.

For additional information on the celebration, please read our blog Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day.



Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day on the historic Plaza is brought to you by the City of Santa Fe and TOURISM Santa Fe, in collaboration with the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos of New Mexico.


“Indigenous World,” by Jemez Pueblo Artist George Toya
The design represents the Indigenous World of this area. The center Sun figure represents everything sacred to our People, the Sun, the elements, our sacred places and life. The Paths represent our migration stories and the routes we took to arrive in our present locations. The four larger circles represent the Pueblo People, starting with the Towa at the top, the Tewa on the right, the Tiwa on the left, and the Keres at the bottom. The two smaller circles on the left and right represent the Zuni and the Hopi. The two smaller circles at the top and bottom represent the Navajo and the Apache. The Stars surrounding the figures represent the night sky and the Deities that guided us to our home lands. – George Toya

The City of Santa Fe commissioned noted artist George Toya to create the artwork that is being used for the Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration. The City of Santa Fe Tourism Department commissioned the original work for its 2017 Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, and Tourism Department retains all usage rights to the image. The image is used here with generous permission of the Santa Fe Tourism Department and the artist, but may not be reproduced or reused by others without express written permission from the City of Santa Fe and the artist.


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