Latest Indigenous Peoples Days News2016 News and Events
IPD OPENING & DEDICATION
Thursday Oct. 5th, at Kulu (Sycamore Ranch Pk)
Lloyd Powell (Tsi Akim Maidu Corp Pres.), Curt Aikens (Yuba Co Water Agency GM), Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey (spiritual elder) Chairman Don Ryberg, Randy Fletcher( Yuba Co Board of Supervisor’s Chair), Marshall Merino (Maidu prayer) – speakers
Dedication of the Bark House in honor of Farrel Cunningham:
Chairman Don Ryberg, Marvin & Joyce Cunningham
Wene Bisim Song
Panakum Maidum (acorn woodpecker man) Dance
Introducing the Bark House – Grayson Coney, Rick Berry
Led by Lawrence Laughing
IPD DOWNTOWN NEVADA CITY OPENING (Corner of Union & Broad)
Friday Oct. 8th, at 6:00pm
Thoz Womenz Drum and the youth dancers of RISE
Speakers – Chairman Don Ryberg, Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey, Marshall Merino, Grayson Coney, NC mayor Duane Strawser, and Reinette Senum.
Round Dance – led by Thoz Womenz
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8TH
Schedule is Subject to Change – Aired Live on KVMR radio
Emcees: Joan Buffington and Michael Ben Ortiz
9:00am Neena McNair and the Family Singers – Women’s Drum (playing thoughout the day)
9:40am Opening words – Tsi Akim Maidu chairman Don Ryberg
Spiritual elder Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey
10:00am Grayson Coney – Tsi Akim Maidu cultural director
Dan Nelson – Romero Institute – Songs and words
Bahe Katenay – Traditional Dine healing songs
11:00am Women’s Circle – Led by Eli Painted Crow – Bay area native activist
Topic: Our radically changing world: Views and Solutions
12:30pm Bear Fox – Nammy award winning singer/songwriter of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation
Marshall “Windwalker” Merino – Maidu stories and song
Lawrence Laughing – Kanienkehake Rotinonshoni singer of the Longhouse
Wene Bisim and Ancestor’s song – Anni McCann
2:30pm Descendant’s Circle – Led by Lloyd Powell
4:00pm Ludi Hinrichs – music and Maidu poem
Roland Swallow – Lakota Teton Sioux – songs and story
4:30pm Razzle Dazzle and the Miwok Youth Dancers
5:00pm Acknowledgements – Joan Buffington and Don Ryberg
Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey – words and prayer
Neena McNair and the Family Singers – closing song
5:30pm Richard Prout Memorial Dinner Potluck
All are welcome, please bring your own plate & utensils, and a dish to share
Schedule goes with the flow of the salmon!
9:00am – 11:00am
Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey
Kimberly Shining Star
Marshall “Windwalker” Merino
Nash and EAH
Indigenous Food & Medicine Presentation
11:30am – 2:00pm
Calling Back the Salmon Ceremony & Feast
(Please bring your own plate & utensils, and a dish to share)
2:00pm – 530pm
Shining Woman and Friends
Ka Hale Hula O Pilialohakalani O Hilo
Fred ‘Coyote’ Downey
Grupo Kallpulli Keutzallcoatl Ocelotl
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Community Drum provided by Eli Painted Crow. All are welcome to sit at the drum!
Indigenous Food & Medicine Presentation
6:30pm – 10:30pm
Razzle Dazzle and the Miwok Youth Dancers
California Bear Ceremony
The public is invited to the free event at Kulu, the Maidu name for Sycamore Ranch Park located on the south Yuba River. Specific activities include a Sunrise Ceremony, the Roberto Garcia Spirit Run, the California Bears Ceremony, a community feast, two days of youth activities featuring Rick Berry and the Fox Walkers with Tribal Elders, storytelling, live music, the Descendants Circle, Women’s Circle and Veteran’s Circle, and camping on the Yuba River at the Kulu park.
Spiritual Elder Fred Coyote Downey of the Round Valley reservation will lead ceremonies over the weekend.
Songs will be offered by NAMMY award winning singer/songwriter Bear Fox, founder of Ahkwesasne Women Singers – a group that has worked since 1999 to protect and preserve the Kanienkeha (Mohawk) language, customs, stories, and oral traditions that are passed down from grandmother to grand-daughter.
Twenty years ago, tribal members held a candlelight vigil on Broad Street, Nevada City, to protest Columbus Day. At the same time, two blocks away, also in reaction to Columbus Day, volunteer broadcasters at KVMR Community Radio organized a day of programming to honor native peoples. Tribal members and their local community supporters soon joined together. Now, twenty years later, the event has grown to five days of celebration of native history and culture.
The tribe, with native and non-native supporters, continue to educate the public about the historic trauma of the genocide since the Gold Rush, when Maidu were force marched across the Sacramento Valley and over 99% of the Maidu people died. At IPD, native and non-native people try to understand the ongoing impact of these ‘soul wounds,’ and to honor and respect native culture.
Over the last twenty years, a variety of tribal members from around the world, as well as noted native activists, have joined the Maidu in this celebration. The local IPD celebration has attracted Maori healers from New Zealand, natives from Hawaii and Peru, Hopi from Arizona, indigenous peoples from Russia and Africa and Sammi from northern Europe.
John Trudell, Russell Means, Fred Downey (Coyote), Dennis Banks, native activists of AIM have reunited at previous IPD celebrations. Every year, the Descendants Circle attracts family members of historic native figures who gather to honor their ancestors.
The language of the Tsi Akim, almost extinct, was recently revived and taught by a Tsi Akim member, who taught native and non-natives the language; at IPD, students have performed skits in that Maidu dialect. A bark house in honor of the late Farrell Cunnigham, being built this year, will be dedicated to him at IPD’s Opening, on Thursday, Oct 5th, 9:00am, at KULU.
The twentieth annual Indigenous Peoples Days, an organic local effort, is part of a national process of shifting focus away from Columbus Day and the history of white conquest, to recognize and heal from the trauma of native history, and to honor and celebrate native culture. This event is open to all ages and all cultures. Please bring a dish to share for our Saturday and Sunday potluck feasts.