19th annual Indigenous Peoples Days set for Oct. 6-10 | TheUnion.com

19th annual Indigenous Peoples Days set for Oct. 6-10

Calling back the salmon.
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Tsi Akim tribal members and supporters are gathering Oct. 6-10 to celebrate and support the rights and culture of all indigenous people.

This free, public, outdoor event, Indigenous Peoples Days, is one of the largest inter-tribal events of its kind in the country, and is open to everyone who feels a kinship with the indigenous world.

For 19 years, the Tribe and supporters have assembled dancers, musicians, storytellers and cultural educators from all over the world to enhance our views on nature and community. Chairman Ryberg quotes, “Indians have the responsibility, to those ancestors who fired arrows against cannons and survived against overwhelming odds, to make that survival meaningful.”

IPD encourages healing through coming together and connecting to the land and its history.

For our youth, the event begins with two days of interactive native education Oct. 6 and 7.

This year, in addition to the Nevada City Opening Ceremony (Thursday, 6 p.m., at Pata Panaka, Burton Ranch), there is a Marysville free Opening/Fundraiser (Oct. 7 6 p.m.), which includes entertainment, warm food and raffles.

All day Saturday, Oct. 8 focuses on traditional native ceremonies, including “The Calling Back The Salmon Ceremony,” feasting and festivities.

In honor of our ancestors, Sunday, Oct. 9 is devoted to a day of “Talking Circles,” stories and music, ending with the Richard Prout Memorial Dinner.

Weekend highlights will include workshops on “Revitalizing Indigenous Food and Medicine”, a community drum hosted by Eli Painted Crow, visiting traditional Elders, and

vendors offering Native and handmade arts and crafts. Food will also be available.

The event is located at 5390 Highway 20 in Browns Valley at the Sycamore Ranch Park “Kulu Fishing Village”.

A live radio broadcast on Sunday will be hosted by long-time supporter, Community Radio KVMR FM, 89.5, Nevada City (www.kvmr.org).

On Monday in the KVMR studios, IPD will air a full day of indigenous programming. The Tribe also acknowledges the support of Yuba County.

IPD is a drug-and-alcohol-free, family-oriented event. Donations are encouraged.

Saturday and Sunday meals are potluck-style so please bring a favorite dish to share.

For more information and a detailed schedule or to volunteer or donate to the program, visit http://www.indigenouspeoplesdays.org or contact Jennifer Robin (530) 368-7270, thejiffer@gmail.com.

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