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Brooklyn Children's Museum to Hold 'Indigenous Peoples' Day' on Oct. 14

Native-American heritage will be celebrated through storytelling, art, language and more!
Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Image courtesy of Perry Ground
Perry Ground Photo: Courtesy Perry Ground

The move to observe America's native populations first began over 40 years ago, in 1977, by participants at the United Nations International Conference on Discrimination against Indigenous Populations in the Americas.

And with each passing year, an increasing number of people are choosing Columbus Day and Thanksgiving to also honor Native-American culture, as its land and people were devastated by the very things we, as Americans, celebrate.

On Monday, October 14, the plight of natives in America will be further recognized, as Brooklyn Children's Museum celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Young residents will get a chance to hear stories from Taino storyteller, Bobby Gonzalez, and Haudenosaunee storyteller, Perry Ground. They will speak a little Lunaape with language teacher, Karen Mosko learning about the Indigenous histories, cultures and heritages that make up the Americas.

Indigenous Peoples' Day Schedule: 

I Will Now Tell a Story: Haudenosaunee Stories with Perry Ground

10:30am-11:15am & 2:15pm-3:00pm | All ages

Hear traditional Haudenosaunee legends with storyteller, Perry Ground, and learn about the customs, traditions, and history of the Haudenosaunee people.

ColorLab: Indigenous Peoples' Day Edition

11:00am-5:00pm | All ages

Join us in ColorLab for family portrait and community weaving projects and learn how artist Dennis RedMoon Darkeem uses found materials in his Bronx neighborhood to create craftwork that connects tradition with contemporary New York City life.


Lunaape Language Workshop with Karen Mosko

11:30am-12:00pm & 4:15pm-4:45pm | Ages 4+

Did you know that the Lunaape language, spoken by the Lunaape people, was the first language spoken in what is now Brooklyn? Join language teacher Karen Mosko as children learn to speak Lunaape together in this 30 minute language workshop.


Reflection Room

12:00pm-4:00pm | Ages 4+

Stop by our Reflection Room to learn about and reflect on more about Indigenous cultures and colonization of the Americas.


Holding History

1:30pm-2:00pm & 2:30pm-3:00pm | Ages 5+

Join the museum's curator for a conversation about the role museums play in colonization and BCM's current work to decolonize its collection and the ways we interpret it. Visitors will be introduced to NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and learn about BCM's related efforts.


Bobby Gonzalez Presents: Matu the Manatee and other Taino Stories from the Caribbean

12:30pm-1:15pm | All ages

Join Taino storyteller, Bobby Gonzalez, for an interactive storytelling performance of Taino tales from the native peoples of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Sensory Room: Exploring Plants

2:00pm-4:45pm | All ages

Calling all green thumbs! Get closer to nature by creating your own leaf rubbings and plant presses to take home.

All programs included with museum admission. To purchase tickets, go here.


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