Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Columbus Day is a State Holiday in Maine, but after an 8-1 vote, in the jurisdiction of Brunswick, the second Monday of October will also be recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Like Brunswick, many cities have chosen to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October.
The juxtaposition to Columbus Day was a deliberate act to shift the focus of the holiday to the exploring the myths associated with Columbus Day, the realities of colonization, and each area’s Native American history, modern resilience, and stories worth celebrating.
While the holiday is often called “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” different American Indian Tribes and individuals are likely to use unique descriptions to note their identity. These will vary across the region and the world. The first recognition of an alternative to Columbus Day was believed to be officially sanctioned and celebrated in Berkeley, California in 1992. While the United Nations declared August 6th World Indigenous Day, and the Federal Holiday Calendar recognizes the month of November as Native American Heritage Month, Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a common title used by many municipalities. According to the Museum of the American Indian, what is considered “correct terminology” varies widely.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day has been celebrated with activities that range from pow-wows to book and film discussions. At Curtis we’re proud to host programming by Native Americans. Please join us, at We’re Still Here: Contemporary Indigenous Lifeways, sponsored by Gedakina and the MidCoast Indigenous Awareness Group. We hope you join us.
- Overview of the Wabanaki Confederacy
- Aroostook Band of Micmacs
- Houlton Band of Maliseets
- Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkokmikuk
- The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik
- Penobscot Nation
- Abbe Museum
- Wabanaki Resources Listed on Maine’s State Webpage
- The Wabanakis of Maine and the Maritimes
- Wabanaki Reach
- We all live in a world full of biases (implicit, explicit, structural, etc.) that we encounter every day on myriad topics. Examine these example guidelines for purchasing books without Anti-Indian Biases, or this collection of “Diverse” books. How do you think we should let these types of purchasing suggestions influence what we put on the shelves and what we prune? What type of resources are not being published, or found? Let us know your thoughts by checking out our second floor display on existing library resources featuring topics focusing on modern and historical indigenous peoples of the Americas.