Santa Fe celebrates indigenous people with day of dancing
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Indigenous Peoples Day is being celebrated for the third consecutive year in the New Mexico capital with prayer, dancing and music throughout the morning and afternoon.
A center for Native American culture, Santa Fe in 2016 designed the second Monday in October as Native American People’s Day in recognition of 23 designated indigenous communities throughout the state. About one in 10 residents of New Mexico is identified as Native American.
Dozens of cities and at least four states use the day to honor Native Americans, and in some instances have abolished Columbus Day.
Santa Fe this year abandoned an annual costumed re-enactment of the 1692 return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico after a Native American revolt, amid complaints that the pageant glossed over historic mistreatment of indigenous people.