BRIDGE is thrilled to be a co-sponsor for Indigenous People's Day with many local partners and Alliance for a Better Future.
Berkshires Community to Observe Indigenous Peoples' Day
Four events highlight community, education, ceremony, and integration
Drumming, traditional Native American songs, speeches, and a procession culminating in a ceremonial blessing of the Housatonic River will mark the local observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Great Barrington on Monday, October 11 2021.
This will be the centerpiece of a four-event program organized by Alliance for a Viable Future, a local grass-roots organization. The aim is to acknowledge and heal the wounds of our past, honor the Native American ethic of respect and care for the natural world, and integrate indigenous values into our response to climate change, according to Lev Natan, organizer and founding director of the Alliance.
“The commemoration is inspired, in part, by Randy Weinstein and Gwendolyn VanSant of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee, who, in 2019, asked the Town of Great Barrington to join a growing movement of towns, cities and states around the country who are recognizing the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” said Natan.
Please read the details below, we hope you will join in community.
Indigenous People’s Day 2021
ALL EVENTS WILL FOLLOW COVID GUIDELINES.
PLEASE RESPECT OUR REQUEST TO WEAR A MASK. THANK YOU.
The Board of Health’s expanded advisory took effect Friday and encourages mask-wearing “where social distancing cannot be maintained, and when attending with anyone outside of your household.”
Join us for four events in southern Berkshire county on Indigenous People’s Day. Our mission is to acknowledge and heal our last, honor the Native American worldview and ethic to care for nature and to integrate indigenous values into our response to climate change.
Equinox Fire Ceremony & Potluck April Hill (Greenagers), Egremont, MA
Thursday, September 23rd 6:00 - 8:00pm
Nature-based cultures tend to celebrate the change of seasons. Here in the Northeast, the transition from summer to autumn is magnificent. Let’s honor this moment together, build community, and bring our hearts and minds together, as one, to prepare for Indigenous People’s Day.
6:00 - 7:30 | Equinox Fire Ceremony to Prepare for Indigenous People’s Day
7:30 - 8:00 | Potluck & Connect by the Fire
Indigenous Voice Panel Discussion
Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire
Friday, October 1st
6:00 - 8:00pm
What’s the purpose of Indigenous People’s Day? Where did it come from? Why does it matter?
In this workshop, we will explore the history of this event, what it represents and symbolizes, and how it is an essential part of the movement for Climate Leadership. Most importantly, we will connect the dots between honoring Indigenous Values and strengthening our community’s resilience to climate change.
Indigenous People’s Day
Gazebo Park in Great Barrington, MA
Monday, October 11th
11:00am - 2:00pm
Come together with your whole community, and join Native American Community Leaders from around the Northeast, and the whole country, to observe this important holiday.
Moving Forward Together
Integration & Next Steps Workshop
Meeting of South Berkshire
Sunday, October 17th
1:30 - 4:30pm
Let’s take time to integrate this powerful experience and clarify our next steps; together - as a community. What new insights did you have because you participated in these events? What new sense of community do you now feel? What commitments are emerging, in regards to next steps for the year to come? How can we support each other to deepen our efforts around climate resilience in our communities? This is where the rubber hits the road.
Systems Of Oppression runs the next two Fridays. Join Us!
2021 September Engagements:
Events posted here are hosted by or sponsored by BRIDGE.