Noted Native American activist and poet John Trudell will kick off this year’s Indigenous Peoples Days celebration with a performance Friday at the Veterans Memorial Building in Grass Valley.
Organized by the Tsi Akim Maidu tribe, the celebration starts at 6 p.m. Friday with a traditional round dance on Union Street in Nevada City. Festivities then move to the Veterans Memorial Building at 7:30 p.m for a show by Trudell and Bad Dog.
Trudell, a Santee Sioux poet, recording artist and activist, is internationally known for his part in the 1960s occupation of Alcatraz, his leadership in the American Indian Movement (AIM) and his transformation from tragedy to stature as a poet and recording artist. After opening Indigenous Peoples Days last year, Trudell has become a friend and supporter of the Tsi Akim Maidu Tribe, according to organizers.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Farrell Cunningham’s Maidu Theatre Group Weye Wewe Yewe will open the show, performing an original skit in the ancient Maidu language.
Friday’s event will raise funds for the Tsi Akim Maidu co-sponsor Hempstead Project HEART.
Advance tickets are $20 or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at SPD Markets, BriarPatch Co-op, Cherry Records in Auburn and locations in Roseville, Sacramento and Marysville. For infromation about the event or where to purchase tickets, call (530) 274-7497 or visit www.indigenouspeoplesdays.org.
After Friday’s performance, the celebration moves to Sycamore Ranch Park on the Yuba River in Yuba County. Saturday, Sunday and Monday festivities include the traditional “Calling Back the Salmon” Maidu ceremony, native music and dance, talking circles and more.
For details about the Indigenous Peoples Days four-day celebration, go to www.indigenouspeoplesdays.org.