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Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend Celebration

Saturday, October 12 - Monday, October 14, 2019 – Downtown Santa Fe Historic Plaza

"Indigenous Universe," by Jemez Pueblo Artist George Toya
The design represents the Indigenous Universe. The Sun figure at the center represents everything sacred to our People, the elements and life. The crescent figures surrounding the Sun represent the winds from the four directions, the winds are essential for pollination of the plants and weather. The stepped and pointed figures surrounding the Sun and Wind represent the sacred places throughout our world. The stars throughout the design represent the Dieties that protect us and remind us that we are only a part of a universe we do not control.

Join Us for a Three-Day 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.

Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019 Schedule:

This year's celebration will include award-winning dancing, drumming and singing throughout the day and local Native American non-profit arts, education and culture organizations will participate with community outreach tables and booths on the Santa Fe Historic Plaza.

Saturday, October 12:
1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Opening Blessing
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Buffalo Dance Group (Santa Clara Pueblo)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Kallestewa Dance Group (Zuni Pueblo)
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Agoyo Oeyee Shadeh-in ‘Ice Star Dancers’ (Ohkay Owingeh)

Sunday, October 13:
1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m. Opening Blessing
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Mountain Star Dance Group (Picuris Pueblo)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Oak Canyon Dance Group (Jemez Pueblo)
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Youth Hoop Dancers (Pojoaque Pueblo)


Monday, October 14:
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Morning Blessing – Gov. Herrera of Tesuque Pueblo & Opening Remarks by Former Gov. Mark Mitchell of Tesuque Pueblo
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Te Tsu Geh Oweenge Day School Dance Group
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Dignitary Event w/Mayor Webber & Tribal Leaders
11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Luci Tapahonso, Dine Poet
12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Family of Youth Dancers (Ohkay Owingeh)
1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Storytelling “The Indigenous History of O’gah Po’oge” Dr. Matthew J. Martinez
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Soaring Eagle Dance Group, Zuni Pueblo
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Natalie Benally (Dine), Dancing Earth
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Storytelling by Ricardo Cate (Kewa Pueblo),
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Sage Cornelius (Dine, Oneida, Pottawatomie), violinist
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Anjamora Ishi Sato McLaughlin (Taos Pueblo), singer
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Lightning Boy Hoop Dancers (Inter-Tribal)


Schedule is subject to change.
On Indigenous Peoples' Day on October 14, information booths that will be on the Santa Fe Plaza from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples' Day 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.


The City of Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM, is permitted by noted artist George Toya to use the artwork “Indigenous Universe” for the Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration 2019. The artwork will be used by the city of Santa Fe, NM and the Santa Fe Tourism Department to promote the Indigenous People’s Day Celebration 2019. The image is used with the generous permission of the artist, but may not be reproduced or reused by others without the express written permission of the artist. For more on the artist George Toya, visit facebook.com/George-Toya-Fine-Art-108445982525029/


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