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7 Ways to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day & Native American Heritage Month

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Since 1991, a growing number of cities and states are formally recognizing and celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the second Monday in October. The Oklahoma legislature officially moved our state’s honorary celebration from November to October in 2019.

Today, venues and organizations around the Oklahoma City metro invite families to learn more about the diverse Native cultures in our state, on Indigenous Peoples’ Day and into Native American Heritage Month.

Oct. 11

Indigenous Peoples’ Day at First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features a day-long celebration with guided tours, dance performances, family activities, Indigenous-inspired live set with DJ Werewulf (Muscogee (Mvskoke)/Kiowa) and more. $5. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

FREE Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration at UCO’s Chickasaw Plaza (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features a celebration of  Indigenous cultures worldwide. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

FREE Unite the People Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features dance exhibitions, singing, speakers, hip hop performances, stickball, handgames and more. 2-10 p.m.

Oct. 16

FREE Red Earth FallFest at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a parade, children’s activities, an arts & crafts market, Native dancers and a Fall Pow Wow sponsored by the OKC Pow Wow Club. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

FREE OKC Pow Wow Club FallFest Pow Wow at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features two Native dance sessions. noon-4 p.m. & 6-11 p.m.

Through Nov. 5

FREE Memorial: Positive and Negative Space by indigenous artist, Tony Tiger at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory Visitor Lobby (301 W Reno Ave). Tony A. Tiger is an artist, an Indigenous art curator, art educator and a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. His art incorporates painting, printmaking, tribal art and construction. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Nov. 4-7

Oklahoma Tribal Celebration at The Gathering Place (2650 S John Williams Way E, Tulsa) features storytime, crafts, art, traditional food, nature walks and more. See website for schedule.

For even more family-friendly events, visit our searchable calendar with things to do every day of the week. 

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