This past Monday was Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a holiday that celebrates and honors Native American people and remembers their histories and cultures.
You might be asking yourself...how do we celebrate Indigenous People Day? Here are three ways you can start:
One of the first ways to fully celebrate this day is to acknowledge that this land was taken from indigenous people. Indigenous people were exploited, disrespected and disregarded. For too long, our history has tried to glaze over the fact that our nation was built on stolen land. We can’t fully celebrate unless we acknowledge the truth of our history. You can see in this USA Today article the shift that is happening in our country. That is why it is so important that we celebrate Indigenous People Day, because their history is our history!
Listening and learning go hand in hand. You cannot have one without the other. There are so many resources available for us to learn the history of indigenous people. At Hamama, we believe that everyone should have access to fresh healthy food. That is why Hamama was created. However, did you know that in Minnesota many indigenous communities do not have access to a grocery store or to culturally traditional food? No one in this country should have to live in a food desert. Having access to food should not be a privilege. That is why it is great to hear about organizations like Dream of Wild Health who are stepping in to make sure that indigenous communities get the food that they need. You can read more about what Dream of Wild Health is doing at Civil Eats.
While we continue to learn about the history and the needs of indigenous people, it is so important that we also just listen to how they feel. Here is a video of Indigenous people talking candidly about their experience living in this country
The best way to celebrate is to uplift the voices of Indigenous people as well as support their businesses! Here are some really great Instagram accounts to follow and support!:
Also check out this wonderful video spotlighting the art, the food and the culture of the Indigenous people
We encourage all of you to learn more about the history of this nation and the beauty of the Indigenous People. Not just on October 12, but every day!
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