Where to Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019

In 2014, the Seattle City Council approved of a resolution that named the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day to acknowledge and honor the history and culture of our Indigenous communities. This year’s Indigenous People’s Day is on Monday, October 14; however, there are many community events commemorating this day throughout the month of October.

Duwamish Tribe Annual Gala & Native Art Auction

October 11 | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Miners Landing, Pier 57

This annual celebrates the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center. Your gifts will help maintain operations at the Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center and provide tribal services.

The gala will feature a delicious lunch,  complimentary tickets to view Wings over Washington, a live auction, and much more all to support the Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center.

Doors open at 12:00 pm, event begins at 1:00 pm at the banquet hall at Miners Landing, Pier 57 at 1301 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98101.

Single Ticket: $150, Full Event, Reception and Catered Lunch Followed by Live Auction

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Shapes of Native Nonfiction

October 12 | 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Olympia Timberland Library

Join co-editors Dr. Theresa Warburton and Elissa Washuta for a discussion of their book, “the first collection of Native nonfiction organized with the explicit intent of highlighting Native writing as world-making. This book offers us nonfiction that reflects, interrogates, critiques, imagines, prays, screams, and complicates simplistic notions about Native peoples and Native lives,” –Malea Powell.

This event will be held in the library Meeting Room during regular open hours. Browsers Bookshop will be on site with copies of the authors’ books for purchase and signing.

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2019 Seattle Indigenous People’s Day Celebration

October 14 | 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM | Westlake Park

Celebrate the Power and Wisdom of Indigenous Womxn!

9:30 am Rally and March to begin at Westlake Park and end at Seattle City Hall.
11:00 Celebration at Seattle City Hall

  • Light Lunch
  • Opening Blessing
  • IPD Proclamation
  • Key Note Npeaker
  • Song and Dance Presentations

Followed by a continued celebration in evening at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.

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Photo courtesy of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2019: Love Knows No Borders

October 14 | 5 PM – 9 PM | Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center commemorates Indigenous Peoples Day with an evening full speeches, Native cultural performances, and a community dinner at Daybreak Star. All are welcome!

4:00 – 5:00 PM – Doors Open / Open Mic
5:15 PM – Opening Prayer / Dinner
6:00 PM – Honorings
6:30 PM – Performance: Hoop Dance By Ryan Yellowjohn
6:40 PM – Performance: P’urhepecha (Northern Mexico)
7:00 PM – Performance: Seattle Youth Siasi Tonga Houeiki
7:30 PM – Performance: Los Rebeldes De La Cueca (Chile)
8:00 PM – Performance: Tulalip Youth Council
8:30 PM – Coastal Jam
9:00 PM – Closing

Grand Opening: Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 14 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Burke Museum

Monday, October 14, is Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the City of Seattle and at the Burke Museum! There will be Indigenous performances, including UW groups, and opportunities to engage in conversation about the Burke’s collections throughout the day.

  • Ask questions with KUOW’s SoundQ’s. (Your question may be answered on one of their future programs!)
  • Learn about the native plants in the New Burke landscaping with members of the Oxbow Farms & Conservation Center—the organization that cultivated over 70,000 plants from seedlings.
  • Connect with Longhouse Media, an Indigenous media company, on their current and future projects.
  • Carving and weaving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists.
  • Food from Off the Rez and Sunrise Griddle

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Honoring our Superheroes: Indigenous Educator Warriors Powwow

October 19 | 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM | UW wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House

Indigenous Wellness Research Institute presents the Honoring our Superheroes: indigenous Educator Warriors Powwow featuring lunch and dinner, an opening prayer, drumming and singing, and more.

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We Rise: Indigenous Womxn’s Stories

October 27 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Place of Hidden Waters (Tacoma)

A diverse group of Indigenous womxn tell stories from their lives during this special event. Our multi-generational gathering includes local writers, activists, artists, and students, sharing a wide range of Coast Salish and Urban Native perspectives. Publications by Native women writers will also be available for purchase.

Connie McCloud (Puyallup)
Danica Sterud Miller (Puyallup)
Dawn Pichón Barron (Choctaw / Mexican / Euro)
Laura Da’ (Eastern Shawnee)
Monae Wright (Puyallup)
Nataanii Nez Cottier (Oglala and Sicangu Lakota)
Sasha LaPointe (Upper Skagit / Nooksack)

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For more programs centering Indigenous communities, please visit:


yəhaw̓ is an Indigenous-led, yearlong project that includes satellite installations, performances, workshops and trainings, artists-in-residence, art markets, a publication, and partner events at more than twenty-five sites across Coast Salish territories and beyond.

Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center

The mission of the Cultural Center Project is to promote the social, cultural, and economic survival of Seattle Washington’s aboriginal Duwamish Tribe.

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center is a land base and community center for Native Americans in the Seattle area, and United Indians’ headquarters.   It is located on 20 acres (81,000 m²) in Discovery Park in Seattle’s Magnolia neighborhood.

The Hibulb Cultural Center

The Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve mission is to revive, restore, protect, interpret, collect and enhance the history, traditional cultural values and spiritual beliefs of the Tulalip Tribes who are the successors in interest to the Snohomish, Snoqualmie and Skykomish tribes and other tribes and bands signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott.

Suquamish Museum

The Suquamish Museum is in the heart of Suquamish Village on the Port Madison Indian Reservation located on the breathtaking Kitsap Peninsula, named after Suquamish Chief Kitsap. The county boasts over 250 miles of saltwater shoreline, miles and miles of hiking and biking trails and many vibrant communities.  At the corner of Suquamish Way & Division Streets, the new Suquamish Museum facility designed by Mithun Architects (Seattle) has a natural and environmental footprint.  LEED design certification, Indigenous landscaping, site water management, and conscious use of natural materials throughout honor the Suquamish culture and traditions.


Featured Photo: Circle of Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration at the 2017 Northwest Folklife Festival. Photo by Christopher Nelson