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Indigenous People's Day Filoli San Carlos CA

Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day 2023 at Filoli Gardens

October 9, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

This one hour program begins at 11am in the Woodland Court and is free with Filoli admission. Please book your admission tickets along with your Indigenous People’s Day reservation.

This year, Filoli celebrates the culture of native Pacific Islanders through storytelling, poetry and reflection. The program opens with remarks from representatives of the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and includes presentations from community members from the Pasifika Planting Group.

Did you know? Filoli sits on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Lamchin, an independent tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples, the original inhabitants and stewards of the San Francisco Peninsula. Read Filoli’s full Land Acknowledgement and commitment to action here.

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About Indigenous People’s Day

Celebrating Indigenous People’s Day: Honoring Indigenous Cultures and Histories


Every year on the second Monday of October, an important day of recognition and celebration takes place in the United States: Indigenous People’s Day. This holiday serves as a meaningful counterpoint to Columbus Day, which traditionally commemorated Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. While Columbus Day has been criticized for its glorification of colonialism and the mistreatment of Indigenous peoples, Indigenous People’s Day focuses on honoring and celebrating the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous communities.

The Significance of Indigenous People’s Day

  1. Acknowledging the Land’s Original Inhabitants

Indigenous People’s Day provides an opportunity for reflection and acknowledgment of the land’s original inhabitants. Native Americans have lived on the American continents for thousands of years, with diverse and vibrant cultures that have deeply influenced the nation’s history.

  1. Challenging the Columbus Myth

One of the key reasons behind the establishment of Indigenous People’s Day is to challenge the traditional narrative surrounding Christopher Columbus’s arrival. While Columbus’s journey is often portrayed as a heroic discovery, it is crucial to recognize the devastating impact his arrival had on Indigenous communities. Acknowledging this history helps to rectify the romanticized versions taught in many classrooms.

  1. Celebrating Indigenous Cultures

Indigenous cultures are incredibly diverse, with over 500 federally recognized tribes in the United States alone, each with its own languages, traditions, and histories. Indigenous People’s Day offers an opportunity to celebrate this rich tapestry of cultures through art, music, dance, and storytelling.

  1. Raising Awareness of Ongoing Issues

Indigenous communities continue to face a range of challenges, including disparities in healthcare, education, and socioeconomic status, as well as issues related to land rights and environmental justice. Indigenous People’s Day serves as a platform to raise awareness of these ongoing issues and advocate for change.

Ways to Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

  1. Learn About Indigenous History and Cultures

Take the time to educate yourself about the history and cultures of Indigenous peoples. Read books, watch documentaries, or attend lectures that explore their rich heritage. Understanding their past and present is crucial to honoring them.

  1. Attend Indigenous Events

Many cities and communities hold events, powwows, or gatherings on Indigenous People’s Day. Participate in these events to engage with Indigenous culture, art, and traditions. It’s a great way to show support and appreciation.

  1. Support Indigenous-Owned Businesses

Seek out Indigenous-owned businesses and purchase their products. Supporting these enterprises helps promote economic empowerment within Indigenous communities.

  1. Advocate for Indigenous Rights

Raise your voice and advocate for Indigenous rights. This can involve supporting land and water protectors, demanding better healthcare and education access, and standing up against discrimination and stereotypes.

  1. Share Knowledge

Spread awareness about Indigenous history and issues by discussing them with friends and family. Encourage respectful conversations that challenge misconceptions and stereotypes.


Indigenous People’s Day is a time to celebrate the resilience, diversity, and contributions of Indigenous communities while also acknowledging the historical injustices they have faced. By honoring this day, we can move toward a more inclusive and just society, one that recognizes and respects the Indigenous peoples who have shaped the Americas for millennia. Together, we can learn from the past, support Indigenous communities in the present, and work towards a better future for all.

From: https://filoli.org/

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October 9, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Woodside, 94062 United States
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