Boulder will this weekend host five events in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
The city has for six years been hosting events and festivities to “honor Indigenous Peoples, their cultures and their strong and enduring connections to the Boulder area, which have existed since time immemorial,” according to a news release.
The Indigenous Peoples’ Day events are meant to honor the city’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution, which was developed by community members and adopted in 2016 by Boulder City Council. The resolution is meant to guide the city’s ongoing work to correct “omissions of the Native American presence in public places, resources and cultural programming,” according to the release.
There are a variety of events, some in person and some virtual. The schedule includes events at varied times on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Some share history, while others honor traditional Indigenous dances or Indigenous art or discuss Indigenous knowledge and cultural and ecological stewardship.
Among those scheduled are one on the Totonacapan-Nahua fusion, which brings together contemporary and ancestral expression of Nahua and Totonaco Indigenous art; an online workshop hosted by Right Relationship Boulder that celebrates Boulder’s native people; and a dance performance presented by Creative Nations.
This weekend’s events are funded by the city’s Human Relations Commission and Boulder’s Office of Arts and Culture, aside from the Boulder Watershed Event, which is funded solely by the HRC.
Earlier this year, Boulder agreed to rename Settlers Park as “The Peoples’ Crossing,” an effort to fulfill another piece of the city’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day resolution. The city worked with Native people to come up with the name.
“The People” or “Our People” are English translations for how many American Indian Tribal Nations refer to themselves in their native languages, the city stated. Additionally, usage of the term “The People” is meant to be inclusive of all people who have traveled through and have lived in the Boulder area.
During this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, city staff is encouraging people to visit the park and “reflect on stories emphasized in current education signs in the area and think about the perspectives that are not included.”
For more information and a full schedule, visit bouldercolorado.gov/services/indigenous-peoples-day.