Photo: Indigenous People’s Market and Festival (Some rights reserved)
In the past twenty years, this celebration has become a counter narrative to Columbus Day.
Some history. Indigenous People’s Day was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992, to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus in the Americas on October 12, 1492. Starting in 2014, many other cities and states adopted the holiday and by 2016 USA Today reported that more cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day. In 2021, Joe Biden formally commemorated the holiday with a presidential proclamation, becoming the first U.S. president to do so.
The roots of rethinking the holiday go back several decades. Rethinking Columbus, the seminal educational report, was published in 1991.
There are other holidays and commemorations of the world’s Indigenous Peoples including August 9, the United Nations’ International Day of the World’s Indigenous People / Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas / Journée internationale des peuples autochtonesa.
Planeta.com embeds Indigenous culture and tourism throughout our website. We acknowledge traditional owners, and take travel and tourism seriously as means of experiential education benefiting Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Ron has led workshops with the Convention on Biological Diversity, Australia Aboriginal Tourism Association, Native Innovation, and Oaxaca tourism. Join us as we celebrate the 2022-2032 International Decade of Indigenous Languages and update links to Indigenous voices across this website.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day