OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A museum that had been under construction for years is now hosting a special event for Indigenous Peoples Day.
The First Americans Museum celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 11 with special programs.
âIndigenous Peoples Day is important because it corrects a serious grievance against Indigenous peoples by replacing the celebration of Columbus with a day that allows for accurate education and representation of the original people of this land. Correcting the myths of discovery and opening the conversation about the diversity and strength of our tribal nations is an important part of retrieving our history and rectifying the fictionalized fairy tales often told about Oklahoma. Indigenous Peoples Day is a celebration for all of our citizens and we look forward to a day of learning, community development and fun, âsaid Sarah Adams-Cornell (Choctaw), co-founder of Matriarch, an organization that promotes social welfare of Indigenous women.
The museum will open to the public at 10 a.m. and there will be reduced admission tickets of $ 5. Admission will be free for FAM members and those wearing Native American attire.
From 12 p.m. there will be social dances in the courtyard and family activities in the People’s Hall.
Other events include the Prairie Dance Theater solo performance by Tvske Billy, a proclamation from the mayor, a live concert by DJ Werewulf and a panel discussion.
âIt is an honor for me to once again proclaim Indigenous Peoples Day in Oklahoma City. I truly believe that with the opening of FAM, Oklahoma City can become the National Capital for Indigenous and Indigenous Peoples. Being able to host the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day at an incredible cultural facility like FAM reflects the potential I see for this community in the years to come, âsaid Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt (Osage).
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