Global Notes: “Indigenous People’s Day” Marked in Chicago Powwow
In most of the United States, a Monday in early October marks “Columbus Day”. This year’s holiday marks 526 years since Christopher Columbus first landed in the Americas. The date was widely celebrated in the U.S. for centuries. For indigenous peoples, Columbus’ arrival meant genocide. In 1992, Berkeley, California renamed Columbus Day “Indigenous People’s Day,” honoring the people who were forced off of their ancestral lands. Today, Vermont, Minnesota, Alaska, and dozens of municipalities observe the renamed holiday. The American Indian Center in Chicago will host its 65th annual Pow-wow, this weekend at DePaul College Prep. In honor of Indigenous People’s Day, on today’s Global Notes, we’ll play contemporary indigenous music from across nations and genres. As usual, Catalina Maria Johnson, host of Vocalo’s Beat Latino, shares what she’s learned.