Lawrence University in Appleton will hold its seventh annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday, October 10, on the lawn in front of Main Hall.
The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
Many cities and states across the United States have replaced the Columbus Day holiday with the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
“Lawrence welcomes the entire Fox Cities community to join in celebrating and learning about the many contributions of Indigenous people globally through song, dance, food, and local Native American guest speakers,” the university said in a press release.
The event will include:
- Opening Prayer: Dennis Kenote, Menominee elder;
- Singing performance by Appleton Area School District high school students;
- Guest speaker: Ron Corn Sr., tribal chair of the Menominee Nation;
- Drumming Dreams guided meditation by Navajo artist and community healer Kristina Nez Begay;
- Native American and Hawaiian music, singing, and dancing demonstrations;
- Indigenous food provided throughout the event.
In case of rain, the event will move inside the Warch Campus Center.
The event is sponsored by Lawrence University Native Americans, Appleton Area School District, LU Diversity & Intercultural Center, LU Spiritual & Religious Life, and National Endowment for the Humanities.