Annual American Indian Community Day Sept. 15

Na’Hoy Le’tsii. Courtesy/SFIC

SFIC News:

The Santa Fe Indian Center’s (SFIC) 8th annual American Indian Community Day is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at Ragle Park, corner of Zia and Yucca Street in Santa Fe.

This free event brings the community of Santa Fe together to celebrate Native culture through traditional dances and music, share a meal together, enjoy a day of art projects, and join in other fun activities. Raffles will take place for dinners, gift certificates, art and other exciting prizes.

More than 20 non-profit booths will participate to educate the public on services offered. Santa Fe Indian Center merchandise will be given to attendees interested in filling out a short survey, while supplies last.

The festivities begin at noon with an opening Native prayer and a presentation by local community leader, followed by the Na’Hoy Le’tsii Hopi Dance Group. Attendees will be invited to share a southwest style meal while listening to Los Indios, a local rock, rhythm and blues band.

A designated art area will be situated under the trees to allow those wanting to express creative ideas. Attendees will be invited to engage in round dances sung by Leonard Montoya of Taos Pueblo and watch traditional and contemporary performers throughout the afternoon including poets and singers. We invite all to come and enjoy this day of celebrating Native culture with us. Be sure to bring a lawn chair!

American Indian Community Day is hosted by Santa Fe Indian Center, a fiscally sponsored nonprofit organization “designed by and for American Indian people with the mission of supporting, promoting, and enriching our vital, diverse community by identifying and serving the needs and interests of our people.” Throughout the year, SFIC assists families and individuals in extreme financial situations who would otherwise do without basic needs. SFIC sponsors and co-sponsors gatherings, art classes, lectures and events year-round and serves as a resource center for those seeking special services.

To learn more about SFIC, follow us on Facebook or visit our website at www.santafeindiancenter.org

Nonprofit organizations are invited to be a part of American Indian Community Day and volunteers are needed to help with all areas of American Indian Community Day. To receive a nonprofit application, volunteer, donate or learn more about this event and the Santa Fe Indian Center, please call 505.660.4210 or email at sfindiancenter@gmail.com.

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