It’s Indigenous Peoples Day in some states and cities around the country, with many observers celebrating the native history and peoples of the United States. If you don’t know, the holiday has become an alternative to another national holiday known as Columbus Day. Christopher Columbus and his dark history in this country has very powerful and negative sentiment among Native Americans because of the violence, disease, genocide and mass raping inflicted on indigenous people after his arrival.
It is because of this violent history that cities like Seattle, Minneapolis and, as of just recently, Los Angeles, voted to no longer observe Columbus Day, instead choosing to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day to honor those who first called this land home. Here’s how people on Twitter are celebrating this growing holiday.
There is an outpouring of support and recognition of indigenous people today.
— William T. Riker (@RikerResist) October 9, 2017
People are sharing images with maps to show the indigenous tribes and where they lived prior to European colonization.
— BlueWater IslandGirl (@MochaIslandGirl) October 9, 2017
Some cities, according to The Boston Herald, celebrate both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples Day on the same day. However, as of this year, 22 cities and counties have formally adopted Indigenous Peoples Day as a recognized holiday, including Los Angeles (city and county), Salt Lake City and Austin, Texas.
Several celebrities have thrown their voice and support behind Indigenous Peoples Day.
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) October 9, 2017
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“#ColumbusDay has for generations commemorated the brutal systematic murder, rape, destruction, displacement and enslavement of the Native Peoples of the Americas,” wrote Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui. “Columbus did not discover uninhabited land, he discovered tribes of humans who had been settled here for thousands of years; years of tradition, connection, culture and ancestry.”
People are giving little history lessons about Indigenous Peoples Day and how it started.
Happy Indigenous Peoples Day. pic.twitter.com/XGyjBFCmmZ
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) October 9, 2017
South Dakota made the decision in 1990 to make the second Monday of October Native American Day.
People are using pop culture to proclaim why they support Indigenous Peoples Day.
— The New Carly Beth🎃 (@salmattos) October 9, 2017
Even Janet from “The Good Place” gets it.
And some are just saying exactly what they think about Christopher Columbus.
— natalie 🇯🇴👑 (@natnoota) October 9, 2017
But, largely, people are showing off their indigenous heritage today.
— lil (@lilianatamayo_) October 9, 2017
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There are photos of Indigenous Peoples Day parades in different cities in the U.S.
— Leila Navidi (@LeilaNavidi) October 9, 2017
And others are sharing photos of their families dressed in traditional clothing over the years.
— Carpet Weed (@Olivia_Graciela) October 9, 2017