IPCC to Host Virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

The Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group are among the performers scheduled for the virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. (Courtesy Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

Nineteen Pueblos in New Mexico, responsible for a sovereign, economic ecosystem in Albuquerque known as the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, are commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 12th, virtually. 

The celebration actually honors the second anniversary of New Mexico recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In 2019, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day; it was later signed into law by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

“The staff at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center has been hard at work putting together this virtual celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” said Dr. Beverlee J. McClure, Vice President of Cultural and Community Engagement. “Although we can’t be together in person this year due to the pandemic, we invite those in New Mexico and throughout the world to enjoy this virtual guest experience on our website to learn about, and celebrate, the resilience and rich legacy of Native Americans and other Indigenous people.”

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center‘s free, virtual event will include cultural dance and flutist performances, artist demonstrations, a historical presentation and remarks by New Mexico dignitaries. The celebration commences at 9 a.m. on Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and will be available throughout the month of October.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center recently held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for its phase two expansion, creating 21,000 more square feet of retail space, plus a new restaurant, smart classrooms for students, and other features. The expanded IPCC area will attract more tourism.

READ MORE: 19-Pueblo Owned Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc. Expands Economic Ecosystem in Albuquerque 

“We’re one of the top five most visited properties when it comes to tourism in the State of New Mexico,” Michael Canfield (Pueblo of Laguna), President and CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Indian Pueblos Marketing, Inc., and the Indian Pueblo Federal Development Corporation (IPFDC), previously told Native Business.

Flutist Andrew Thomas, Navajo, is among the performers scheduled for the virtual Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. (Courtesy Indian Pueblo Cultural Center)

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