Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrated at Robbins Library

Deborah-Spears-MooreheadDeborah Spears Moorehead

UPDATED Oct. 9: Residents were able to join the Dallin Museum, Robbins Library and Arlington Human Rights Commission in celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a few days early, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Robbins Library, 700 Mass. Ave., in the downstairs community room. This event was free, open to the public and wheelchair-accessible.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day honors the past, present and futures of native peoples throughout the United States.

The holiday, the second Monday in October, recognizes the indigenous communities who have lived in the United States for thousands of years, and the legacy and impact of colonialism on native communities.

It celebrates the cultures, contributions and resilience of contemporary native peoples.

Elsewhere, this same date on the calendar may still be known as Columbus Day after the European explorer whose role in history has come under increasing scrutiny in modern times.

The Arlington event focused on a conversation with Deborah Spears Moorehead ― artist, author and culture bearer of the Seaconke Pokanoket Wampanoag tribal nation. 

ACMi News covers the event:

Moorehead is a direct descendant of Massasoit Ousamequin, the great Pokanoket leader who was memorialized in bronze by Cyrus Dallin for Plymouth, Mass. 

Learn about Moorehead’s work as an artist and author, her family’s story of resilience and her nation’s ongoing efforts to preserve and share their culture, language and traditions. Moorehead will have a selection of her art and books available for purchase.

Aug. 1, 2022: Dallin Museum opens Indigenous Peoples Gallery


This news announcement was published Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert submitted it to YA in her capacity as the museum's public-relations representative. It was updated Oct. 9, to add ACMi video.

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