Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration makes connections to Native culture

Minnesota is one of dozens of states and cities that recognize Indigenous Peoples Day

Sloane Martin
October 06, 2018 - 5:58 pm

A festival in south Minneapolis is celebrating Native American culture.

The Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration along the American Indian Cultural Corridor on Franklin Avenue is in its second year and officials hope it becomes a regional destination to celebrate native culture and reclaim the holiday. Several dozen cities and states, including Minnesota, have adopted Indigenous Peoples Day over Columbus Day in the last several years, as a way to honor the history and contributions of Native people.

Robert Lilligren, president and CEO of the Native American Community Development Institute which organizes the festival, says it's important to recognize North America's original inhabitants and the culture that's developed since.

"This is all part of the movement of Native people really standing up on a foundation of tradition, language, culture, Native values and really determining our destiny and where our place is in the 21st century," he said. "It's a huge movement that inspires a lot of pride, especially in young people."

The festival features art vendors, local music (including Native rappers Supaman and Tall Paul, Pretendians, Indigenous Roots and more), performing artists, workshops and native food vendors. Sunday at noon, Million Artist Movement is hosting a quilt-making workshop for the people living at the homeless encampment along Hiawatha and Cedar Avenues.

The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m.Sunday on Franklin Avenue between Bloomington and 14th Avenue South.