The Heard Museum community invites you to join us in commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day with a day of programming dedicated to the Indigenous communities and voices of Arizona. As we celebrate the first full year of recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Phoenix, we are honored to share with you the cultural richness of Indigenous peoples throughout Indian Country – this year focusing on the power and prominence of Indigenous voices and the preservation of tribal language. Join us and celebrate through dance, music, dialogue, food, art and film
This event is FREE and open to the public. Museum admission required to view exhibitions. Admission free for American Indian visitors with tribal ID.
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Family Fun!
Bring the family to enjoy a day of exciting activities the whole family can enjoy!
12:30 p.m. – Steele Auditorium
Official welcome with a blessing and dance by students from the Gila Crossing Community School Culture Club
12:45 p.m. – Steele Auditorium
Keynote speaker Arlene Joyce Hughes (Akimel O’otham)
Hughes is the 2017 Spirit of the Heard Awardee and will speak to the importance of Indigenous language retention and her work in that effort within the Gila River Indian Community.
1:15 p.m. – Steele Auditorium
Film: Mayors of Shiprock (57 mins) by Ramona Emerson (Diné)
Follow the story of a group of young Navajo leaders who take the wheel in community betterment. For over seven years, the Northern Diné Youth Committee has worked to improve their community, be active participants in community civics and provide a positive outlet for youth engagement within Shiprock.
FILM & DISCUSSION
7 p.m. – Steele Auditorium
Film: 7th Voice (Sakowin Ho) by Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute)
Indigenous youth living in the Bismark/Mandan/Standing Rock areas gathered together in the nearly year-long #NoDAPL movement to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Watch as they find their voices and become the 7th generation, the generation that will be the guiding force of Indigenous change.
7:50 p.m. – Steele Auditorium
Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute) will lead a discussion following the screening on Indigenous Identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical considerations and stereotypes.
Monday, October 9
Heard Museum Campus