Indigenous Peoples Day Celebrations are planned Monday, Oct. 9. The event will be held on the south lawn of Council House Square, located at 7th and Grand in downtown Okmulgee, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Festivities for the sixth annual celebration begin at 11 a.m with the posting of the Colors and an opening prayer.
The emcee for this year’s event is Muscogee Actor James White- cloud, known for his role as Eddie Longcreek in the Sylvester Stallone television series, “Tulsa King.” Whitecloud has landed roles with wellknown Hollywood actors Frank Grillo, Ron Pearlman, Pat Healy, Academy Award Winner Melissa Leo and more, which certainly does not go unnoticed.
“The Native American actor sets a strong presence in the film industry today and we are honored to have the actor as this year’s emcee,” Brenda Golden said. Also, special guest Russell Suneagle will broadcast his show “Okiepodcast” live on the grounds of the event.
A community meal will be served by the Mvskoke Lady Legends beginning at 12 p.m. while the Native Fashion Show takes place. Designers, fabricators and models are encouraged to join them to showcase the modern-day fashions infused with native culture.
Throughout the day, various speakers and musicians will take the stage to share indigenous history and perspectives. Beginning with the talented Britteny Cuevas, founder and operator of Four Locv, an organization she started to promote Native American and Southeastern Indigenous Arts, by educating and providing culturally lesson-based activities. Four Locv will also have a table set up for the purpose of having exhibitions and hands-on demonstrations with the public.
NAMMY Award-winning singer Blanca Iris Acuna aka Ki Earth Spirit is set to perform at 1:10 p.m. and the public is encouraged to share in the singing of Creek Hymns around 2 p.m. Invitations to esteemed officials from the Muscogee Nation and the City of Okmulgee have been extended. The day will wind up with a social stomp dance at 4:30 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to bring chairs and any items of comfort necessary for a day of outdoor entertainment and learning. Various vendors will be offering information, promotion of services, beaded items, baskets, jewelry, t-shirts, carvings, pottery and more.
For more more information, contact Terra Beaver at 918-758-9769 or Brenda S. Golden at 918-879-5013.