Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates the history and contributions of the indigenous peoples of North America. It is observed on the second Monday of October, thus coinciding with (and sometimes supplanting) Columbus Day, a federal holiday commemorating the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492. Boulder expands the day into the weekend of October 6 to 8.
The International Peace Garden is the setting for the Arapaho Trading Camp named in honor of the Arapaho people who called Boulder Valley home. It provides artisans with a venue to sell traditional art and jewelry, food and beverages at the Arapaho Trading Camp to support their tribes and future Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations.
It is set up all weekend from noon to 6 p.m. The concurrent IPD Pow Wow introduces indigenous traditions and practices including dress and crafts for participants and spectators.
The IPD Parade on Monday the 8th is both a celebration and what organizers call “a profound moment of healing.” Expect to see regalia, dancers and drummers starting at 15th and Pearl and finishing in the Peace Garden located Creekside near the Boulder Public Library 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.