On October 13th and 14th, 2019 a consortium of 13+ indigenous organizations and groups from not only the New York City area but across Turtle Island will unify to bring awareness of Indigenous Peoples Day, which is currently being celebrated as Columbus Day.
These organizations are pushing to have New York following in the footsteps of cities, states and schools like; San Francisco, Los Angeles, Alaska, Vermont, Multnomah County Oregon, St. Paul, Minnesota, Olympia, Washington, Traverse City, Michigan, Albuquerque and Sandoval County, New Mexico to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day.
These organizations and attendees are banding together to call on Americans to re-think who Columbus was, and what Columbus Day symbolizes to Indigenous people of the Americas.
On Columbus Day weekend in 2015 for the first time ever in NYC, 6000 Indigenous people and their supporters gathered on Randall’s Island to celebrate the 523 year survival of First Nations cultures and traditions. The event received worldwide media coverage and was the beginning of creating Indigenous Peoples Day in NYC.
Five years later in 2019, we are gathering once again to provoke the rethinking of Columbus Day by focusing on indigenous peoples, and their beautiful cultures and traditional practices. This free two-day celebration will be hosted on the Harlem River field in front of the Icon Stadium on Randall’s Island. The event begins Sunday, October 13th at 11 am with Native American artists, performers, and traditional groups sharing throughout the day. On Monday, October 14th there will be a 7 am sunrise ceremony honoring Native people around the world who have endured and survived 527 years of genocide.
Leaders, Elders and Medicine People from across North American the Caribbean, Polynesian Islands and South America will sing, pray, and share their cultural traditions with guests overlooking the East River. The day will continue with a celebration of spoken word, music, traditional performing artists, guest speakers, and contemporary performances; coupled with over 40 traditional artist booths sharing and selling traditional works, crafts and jewelry.
October 13, 2019 – October 14, 2019
Ichan Stadium – Harlem River Field: Randall’s Island, Harlem, NY