Here’s what’s happening in the Indian country: October 1


Indian Country takes off, stage and taste buds for a week of events that will seduce all the senses.

Unmissable moments include a concert where recording superstars will use their music to advance Indigenous education, a vivid exploration of indigeness, a tasty celebration of Indian taco, and a high-flying tribute to culture. Pueblo.

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(Courtesy photo)Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Muscogee / Yuchi) of Haskell Indian Nations University will speak at the 2021 Native American Cultural Celebration: Indigenuity: Building a Bridge to the Future, which will be held virtually October 7-9 and presented by the Museum of Native American history in Bentonville, Ark. (Courtesy photo)2021 Native American Cultural Celebration – Indigenity: Building a Bridge to the Future

WHEN: From Thursday October 7 to Saturday October 9

OR: Museum of Native American History (MONAH), 202 SW O St., Bentonville, Ark. and on the MONAH Facebook page. Register here.

Dr. Daniel Wildcat first encountered the word “indigenuity” about 15 years ago in a student article. The clever coat rack merging native people and ingenuity piqued his interest, and Wildcat ran with it.

“I loved that word and really tried to take that idea of ​​indigenous ingenuity, develop it and bring it to life. The big point to remember is (that) our intellectual and cultural traditions are alive. It’s not just about the past. And indigenity is a way to build on this heritage that we have from our ancestors, ”said Wildcat, a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University specializing in indigenous knowledge, technology, environment and education. Indigenous News Online.

(Photo books / Fulcrum)Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge by Dr Daniel Wildcat (Muscogee / Yuchi). (Photo books / Fulcrum)“The heart of indigenousness is taking this ancient wisdom and applying it to solve very contemporary problems,” said Wildcat, who is also the author of the book “Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge”.

As for concrete examples of indigenity, Wildcat cites the Indigenous practice of carrying out controlled burns as a means of fighting forest fires, or the process of preserving estuaries by letting nature take its course instead of imposing canals. artificial.

Next week, the watchword will come true when Wildcat and a host of Indigenous people at the top of their fields – from astronauts to artists – come together virtually and in person to share their knowledge during Indigenuity: Building a Bridge to the Future event hosted by the Museum of Native American History (MONAH) in Bentonville, Ark.

Tradition and innovation will blend in workshops, presentations and concerts. Speakers and guests include Muscogee artist and muralist Johnnie Diacon, Dr Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of the bestselling “Braiding Sweetgrass”, and Astronaut Commander John Herrington and Dr Jose Hernandez.

Wildcat will be conducting several interviews during the event. During his discussion with Herrington, “we’re going to talk about how his Chickasaw culture has helped him be a successful aviator and astronaut,” Wildcat said.

Regarding the impact of autochthony on the future of the planet, Wildcat is convinced that indigenous knowledge will play a major role in safeguarding and preserving the environment.

“In the 21st century, if we are to successfully fight climate change, I believe indigenous voices will be the most important voices on this planet,” he said. “This event will let people know that indigenous peoples have a lot of wisdom and knowledge that is very relevant. I think they are already starting to recognize it. Recognizing it is one thing, but they must also respect it. ”

(Photo / American Indian College fonds) The American Indian College Fund to present the Indige-bration concert online on Sunday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. Indige-bration

WHEN: Sunday, October 10 at 6:30 p.m. MDT

OR: Event page and registration

If you yearn for a Lilith Fair reunion and are also committed to advancing the education of Native Americans, Indige-bration is the premier concert for you.

The American Indian College Fund is combining the power of sound stars with a great cause for a great sparkling music streaming celebration with Jewel, The Indigo Girls and Sarah McLachlan.

The legendary singer-songwriters will be joined by contemporary Indigenous performers including Sicanju Lakota hip hop artist Frank Waln, Samantha Crain (Choctaw) and Martha Redbone (Cherokee / Shawnee / Choctaw), as well as artists from the recording allies with indigenous causes, like Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Portugal.The Man, Mandy Patinkin and Ziggy Marley, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day and bring attention to access to higher education in the Indian country.

Indige-bration will also focus on Native American students, who will share stories about the challenges they faced in educational spaces.

For more information on the American Indian College Fund, visit

(Courtesy Indian National Taco Championship)Indian National Taco Championship

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OR: Downtown Pawhuska, OK; Event page

Who is the best taco chef in Indian country?

That tantalizing question will be answered this weekend at the Indian National Taco Championships in Downton Pawhuska, Oklahoma, where the crème de la crème of native cooks will test their taco skills and attempt to outdo any toppings. others.

Visitors can join in the excitement and sample additional tacos by paying $ 5 to become Taco Competition Judges. The winning taco chef will take home $ 1,500, second place will receive $ 1,000 and third place will receive $ 500.

Entertainment and activities including a Pow Wow dance competition, barrel races and a drum competition will round out the tasty celebration, allowing taco lovers to eliminate some of those fried bread and sour cream calories with cultural training.

(Photo / Pueblo Indian Cultural Center)Sky City Buffalo Ram dancers will perform at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on October 8. (Photo / Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival / Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

WHEN: from Friday October 1 to Sunday October 11

OR: Pueblo Indian Cultural Center, 2401 12th Street NW, Albuquerque, NM; Balloon Fiesta Park, 4401, boul. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival event page, Balloon Fiesta event page

Keep an eye out for the southwestern skies for the debut of Eyahne on the Horizon.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s new hot air balloon will float over New Mexico during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Eyahne on the Horizon has a matching message and design. Eyahne means ‘blessings’ in the Keres language, and the balloon is decorated with geometric designs depicting gifts from nature and food like clouds, rain, earth, and corn.

In addition to Eyahne’s flight to the horizon, the IPCC is organizing 11 days of events and activities in tandem with and after the Balloon Fiesta.

The IPCC offerings begin with the Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival on Saturday October 2 and Sunday October 3. With 45 artists, dancing, food and more, it’s a chance for art lovers to shop directly from artists, watch art demonstrations, and mingle with native creatives.

Following the arts festival, the IPCC will feature indigenous dance groups and art and jewelry vendors in the centre’s courtyard, as well as performances at Balloon Fiesta Park throughout the Balloon Fiesta. Featured dance groups include Sky City Buffalo Ram Dancers and White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers.

The festivities end on Monday, October 11 with a celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day featuring dignitaries, Indigenous dances, a historical presentation and artist demonstrations.

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Tamara Ikenberg

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Tamara Ikenberg is a Native News Online contributor. It covers the tribes of the southwest as well as native arts, culture and entertainment. She can be reached at [email protected]


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