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'7th Voice' a film by Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute)
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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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!

  • Scavenger hunts to enjoy throughout the museum galleries (turn these in at the Children’s Courtyard for a prize).
  • Enjoy music by DJ This-Just-In spinning todays’ greatest hits.
  • Join Native Health Staff and pot your own tepary bean plants to take home.
  • Enjoy hands on art activities in the Children’s Courtyard – Create a clay pinch pot and beaded necklace activity.
  • Learn about the Three Sisters, corn, beans and squash and taste yummy snacks made from these three healthy ingredients.
  • Join Native Health’s Wellness Warriors and compete with a sibling or parent to complete the Wellness Warriors obstacle course. Winners win cool prizes.
  • Join Xico Inc. and create your very own commemorative Indigenous Peoples’ Day print at their Say Yes to the Press! mobile printmaking station.
  • In the Central Courtyard you can enjoy lunch in the café and music by Tony Duncan (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa) and Darrin Yazzie (Diné) and artist demonstrators
  • Family activities continue through the day until 4 p.m.
  • Play the video game Never Alone on a giant screen in Steele Auditorium! Never Alone – Kisima Ingitchuna is the first game developed in collaboration with the Iñupiat, an Alaska Native people. Nearly 40 Alaska Native elders, storytellers and community members contributed to the development of the game. Play as a young Iñupiat girl and an Arctic fox as they set out to find the source of the eternal blizzard which threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.

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
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.

Evening Programming


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.

The Heard Museum thanks the following community partners for their support in Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Heard:
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Event Details

Monday, October 9

Cost: Free

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