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Tuesday, October 12
6:30 p.m.
Free Event

Tune in October 12th - 15th on Facebook & YouTube for the virtual presentation.

Indigenous People Festival is part of the Virtual Festál Series with generous support from 4Culture. The 2021 theme, "Where the World Gathers" links together the series of 24 free festivals presented throughout the year, each with a unique cultural focus, identity, and a range of engaging activities.

Indigenous People Festival is a celebration of Indigenous creativity, brilliance, and resilience. This year, they'll present four exciting days of virtual performances and panels featuring locally and nationally recognized Indigenous artists and advocates.

Funds raised through Indigenous People Festival 2021 will help Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) expand their  culturally attuned services, open new locations, and renovate their Leschi Center to include upgraded medical rooms, 100 affordable housing units, and new spaces for our Elders’ Program and cultural gatherings.

October 12 @ 6:30pm

  • The Performance
    • Join us for an evening of traditional and contemporary dance, drag, poetry, and music, featuring: Delia Gomez (Yaqui/Mexican), Fabian Romero (Purepécha), Mackenzie Neusiok (Coharie), and Stephy Styles (Quechua)

    • Music by tawihisi & Ghost Horse (Pawnee/Athabask

October 13 @ 4:00pm / 5:00pm

  • I See You: Black Natives in Discussion
    • Host Amber Starks (Afro Indigenous, Muscogee (Creek/Shawnee/Yuchi/ Quapaw/Cherokee Descent) will join panelists, Deante Moore (Akimel O’Odham; Gila River Indian Community) and Paige Pettibon (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes) for a conversation about intersecting identities, collective liberation, and more.
  • Rez Dogs and Rutherford Falls: NDN TV Time
    • Are you reach for some NDN TV Time? Rutherford Falls star, writer, comedian, and content creator Jana Schmieding (Lakota Sioux) will join host Howie Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) to discuss how hit shows Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls are Indigenizing the streaming era. Grab some greasy greasy fry bread and tune in on Facebook or YouTube!

October 14 @ 4:00pm / 5:00pm

  • Boarding School Survivors: Healing. Hope. Justice.
    • Join SIHB for a conversation between boarding school survivors Bill Hall (Tlingit) and Fred John, Jr. (Ahtna) and Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), a descendant of survivors. Our panelists will discuss how they heal from lived and intergenerational trauma, while reflecting on the movements seeking justice for our small, sacred relatives who never returned home.
    • The Performance: 2020 Seattle is Native Land

October 15 @ 5:00pm / 6:30pm

  • Native Chefs: Indigenous Food is Sovereign
    • Join host Hilel Echo-Hawk (Pawnee) and chefs M. Karlos Baca (Tewa/Diné/Nuchu) and Andrea Murdoch (Andean) for a live conversation on the thriving world of Native cooking and how food continues to play a vital role in our sovereignty. You’ll be sure to leave with new insights and a craving for your favorite Native dishes!

  • The Concert
    • Join SIHB on October 15 at 6:30 p.m. PT for a concert featuring an all-Native lineup of artists who span musical genres and Turtle Island alike! Kick back with some yummy snacks, snuggle up under a cozy blanket, and jam out to performances from Quinn Christopherson (Athabaskan/Inupiat), Supaman (Apsáalooke), and Weedrat (Diné).

2021 Indigenous People Festival Poster

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