This Friday is Native American Day.
For some it is just a day off from school or work.
For others it is just another,
but for a large population that lives very near here
this day is their day to be recognized.
There will be powwows, gatherings and celebrations filled with dancers, feathers, salmon and dried meats.
For the most part, most of us won’t even notice;
but for our neighbors, it is a day for them to embrace their heritage and traditions and try and teach us a little bit about their true ancestry.
So one this day,
I, a non-native,
will celebrate their accomplishments and their peoples’ past.
We all should, and should embrace what they have to offer us.
We should take a proper look at history and remember it for what it is and what has happened.
We don’t have to be proud of that past but we must recognize it not just on this day, but every day.
Our Native American Day
Over on the east coast
(Thursday, November 24), this year.
WHAT IS NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING?
An annual tradition since 1970,
Day of Mourning is a solemn, spiritual and highly political day.
Many of us fast from sundown the day before
through the afternoon of that day
(and have a social after Day of Mourning so that participants in DOM can break their fasts).
We are mourning our ancestors and the genocide of our peoples and the theft of our lands. NDOM is a day when we mourn, but we also feel our strength in political action.
Over the years, participants in Day of Mourning have buried Plymouth Rock a number of times. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Day_of_Mourning_(United_States_protest)