Televeda had an incredible time being part of Indigenous Peoples Day Phx Fest, hosted in Margaret T. Park in Phoenix on Monday, October 9th, with events that continued throughout the week.
As part of our outreach efforts for our Indigenous health and wellness initiatives, as well as our commitment to inclusion and diversity, we were thrilled to experience and honor the narratives of Indigenous people.
Indigenous Peoples Day is an official city and state holiday that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures. It’s celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October.
This day is used to promote understanding of Indigenous cultures and issues faced by Indigenous peoples. It goes beyond our history books and classical narratives to acknowledge that Indigenous peoples and their culture have been undervalued, unrecognized, and worse still, dismissed or destroyed.
IPD also provides an opportunity for reconciliation and an attempt at healing. It's a day to remind and educate people about the atrocities and injustices Indigenous people have faced, such as forced removal from ancestral lands, cultural genocide, and more.
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Day assists in preserving unique indigenous cultures, languages, rituals, and important traditions.
The second annual Indigenous People's Day PHX Fest was hosted in a bid to acknowledge and honor Indigenous tribes. This year's theme, "Indigenize the Valley," delivered an engaging mix of live music, skateboarding, Indigenous cuisine, art exhibitions, Indigenous film viewings, and other family activities.
Indigenous People's Day PHX Fest events throughout the week included:
It was hosted by Cahokia PHX, an Indigenous-led and female-owned organization established by Eunique Yazzie, a Navajo, Candace Hamana, a Hopi, and Melody Lewis, a Mohave, Hopi, and Tewa.
Cahokia PHX's mission is to generate opportunities that bolster and uplift the tribal communities in Arizona. "The purpose of the Phoenix festival is to honor and acknowledge the history and contributions of Indigenous peoples," Hamana said. "The festival provides a platform of representation for Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs, performers, and small business owners. It also creates a vital space that allows Indigenous communities to share their story through their own lens, which helps them to collaborate and unite with non-Indigenous groups."
Televeda greatly appreciates the work Cahokia PHX does and has worked with co-founder Lewis in educational workshops to help inform and guide our work within tribal communities.
Televeda joined IPD Phx Fest in support of the local Native community and to connect with the people we’re serving. We wanted to share our services and resources with the IDP Phx Fest attendees as well as learn from the cultural events.
The Televeda team loved the event, which was lively with music, dancing, poetry, and performances by local Native artists. We talked to over 150 community members who were interested in our several community projects that are focused on indigenous wellbeing.
IPD PHX fest saw huge numbers of participants this year, including:
While Indigenous Peoples’ Day is only once a year, educating and learning about Indigenous history, culture– and the pressing issues facing indigenous communities, such as land rights, access to social services, and environmental protection–is something that can and should happen all year long.
Televeda is honored to support the timeless wisdom of Native Elders for future generations and play a part in cultural preservation of such important traditions.
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