This weekend

 Living in Massachusetts, there are many awesome, fun, family-friendly Indigenous events for this weekend. I'm hoping they all go off sans covid, omicron, flu germs. I'm assuming (yes, I know the inside yolk: ass-u-me) that everyone has their vaccines updated. 

Oct. 8th in Newburyport there will be an Indigenous People's Day (IPD) Celebration. Look here-

Same day, in Boston at noon, there will be an IPD parade, meet at Park St. Station. Look at UAINE on FB for more info.  

A Cherokee/African American older of mine is speaking at The Jones Library on Oct. 8th too!  

Oct. 9th in Pittsfield, there will be an IPD Celebration. Look here-

Oct. 10th in Newton, there will be an IPD Celebration. Look here-

I know The Clark Art Institute sent info out about an IPD event. Curry College is doing something on Oct.10th. I've seen others. If you find more, let me know. 

Twenty-five towns and cities in Mass. have already voted to celebrate Indigenous People's Day. They are: 

Amherst, Aquinnah, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Easthampton, Falmouth, Grafton, Great Barrington, Harvard, Holyoke, Marblehead, Mashpee, Maynard, Melrose, Newton, Northampton, Provincetown, Salem, Somerville, Stow, and Wellesley! Thank you all soo much! 

Only seven states of 50 (14%) across the Nation actively celebrate/honor Indigenous People's Day. They are: Alaska, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina,  South Dakota, and Vermont. 

I'm hoping the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will pass Bill H.3191. I wrote all eleven Representatives plus my own Representative. I sent formal letters to them and believe if they went to one of the many events, they'll see how Indigenous people are thriving and are more than the stereotypes. 

I know when I raised my sugusik, Reggi, they had a heck of a time being Indigenous in public schools. They didn't tell me all the racist acts they encountered because I made too much of a stink to their teachers. I volunteered in the classroom to watch the punks be nasty to this brilliant, beautiful, not White child. I was one of THOSE mothers. (I earned the privilege and will continue to my last breath.) 

Why this day of honoring Indigenous matters is because I hid myself, my art because there were too many eggheads that glorified a rapist, kidnapper, murderer. And they still do. I encounter them every day, especially with my tunniit amma kakiniit. 

I won't hide my art, myself, and my joy for the likes of eggheads anymore. I did it long enough and it was unnecessary. 


 Please pass this on, email me if you have questions or comments or ideas. 

Stay healthy, drink more immik amma be kind. 



Popular posts from this blog

My art is hanging in the gallery!

More art for sale

Save the Date!