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2017 September, Santa Fe Celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day

September 18, 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 to honor and recognize the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to take time to, 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. There will be a free day-long celebration on October 9, 2017 at the Santa Fe Plaza, commemorating our Native American community members, friends and neighbors.

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.

The schedule of award winning dancing, singing, drumming, and sharing of culture and information throughout the day on the Plaza for Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 was created with input and recommendations of Tribal Leaders and Tribal Tourism partners. Local Native American non-profit arts, education, and culture organizations and schools will also participate. “In Santa Fe, maybe more than anywhere else, Native Americans have left an indelible mark on the culture and history of the people and places of this region. We are proud to be part of a national movement that recognizes the importance of Native culture and history,” said Mayor Javier Gonzales.

George Rivera, Event Chair and past Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque said, “Collaboration, recognition and celebration is the focus of Indigenous Peoples Day. The event provides an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience Native culture and expand their knowledge and appreciation of indigenous communities in New Mexico.”

The City commissioned noted Jemez Pueblo artist George Toya to create the artwork above for the Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day celebration that is being featured in commemorative and promotional materials including a poster and t-shirts that will be for sale on the Plaza. According to Toya, the design represents the interconnected Indigenous World of this area.
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

Weekend Dances on the Plaza
Saturday, October 7: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Red Turtle Pueblo Dancers (Santa Clara/Pojoaque Pueblos)
Sunday, October 8: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Native Pride Dancers (Inter-tribal/Variety)

Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day 2017 is brought to you by the City of Santa Fe and TOURISM Santa Fe, in collaboration with the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico.
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