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Utah’s Indigenous Day Celebrates the Voices of Native Americans

'Howard Rainer

Cultural performances, family activities, and Native American speakers will highlight Utah’s Indigenous Day 2017 at the Natural History Museum of Utah on Friday, Nov. 3.

This annual celebration is held every November, a month designated to honor the history and culture of the Native American people in Utah. This year’s event, which has the theme “Voices of the Landscape,” will begin at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

As a proclamation from Governor Gary R. Herbert honoring Indigenous Day states, “We acknowledge the legacy and contributions of Utah’s Native American tribes by developing greater understanding of tribal sovereignty, governments, history, values, languages, social customers, music, and art.”

This year’s event will include cultural performances from students in the Nebo School District and the Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Utah Rep. Mark Wheatley, D-Murray, will present the declaration from Gov. Gary Herbert during the event.

The keynote address wil be given by Howard Rainer, a poet, photographer, and teacher. Rainer, who wrote the book Stand Tall, emphasizes the importance of pride and strength for native peoples in his popular speeches. Rachel Holladay will be the youth speaker.

Light refreshments will be served. Family activities sponsored by the Hill Air Force Base Native American Outreach Division will also be offered during the event.

Event Details
What: Utah’s Indigenous Day 2017
Where: Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City
When: Formal event begins at 6 p.m. Media are welcome to cover any part of the event.