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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020

All pre-recorded videos and Zoom links will be loaded onto this page on the day of the event

Schedule of Events

Sage Circle: Elder's Teachings

Co-sponsored by the AISF and the Healing Our Nations, Offering Resiliency (HONOR)Collective 


Morning Blessing by Grandmother Mona Polacca (Havasupai/Hopi/Tewa), International Council of the 13 Grandmothers and AISF Advisor

Greeting by Chairman Austin Nuñez (Wa:k O'odham Nation), Chairman of San Xavier District, Tohono O'odham Nation

Dr. David Tsosie, Diné, Spiritual Practitioner & Spiritual Leader and Bess Tsosie, Diné, member of the advisory committee for the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP) 


Short film: Wisdom Weavers of the World

The film will only be available on this page on the day of the event.

Thirteen Indigenous Elders from around the world come together to co-create a message for humankind, weaving wisdom of diverse cultures and lifeways, uncovering one common thread: for humanity to survive, we must shift our consciousness from the mind to the heart. The Elders gathered for four days in council and ceremony on the island of Kaua’i, Hawai’i in November 2017, to remember and weave the wisdom of the original instructions on how to live as real human beings in harmony with the Earth and all Earth relatives. In this time of great uncertainty, the Elders are calling all of humanity back home to the heart. The film is a gateway into ongoing connection with Elders & people of like mind and heart around the world


"Wisdom Weavers of the World" is produced by Academy and Emmy Award Winning Producer, Jeffrey D Brown - Medicine Wheel Films. Filmed and Edited by Daniel "El Suchi" Garcia with support from extended film crew.


Community Leaders

Arizona State Senator Sally Ann Gonzales, Yaqui

Lourdes Pereira, Miss Indigenous ASU


11:00 am PST Panel Discussion:
Breaking Down Borders: Indigenous Peoples’ Relations & Resilience
Co-sponsored by the AISF, the International Mayan League (IML), Comunidades Indigenas en Liderazgo (CIELO), the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA, and the UCLA School of Law Promise Institute for Human Rights. 

Zoom webinar:
Livestream on YouTube:

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Recorded Panel Discussion Video:


Storytelling, Poetry, and Music

Featured poems, stories and music will be shared here beginning on October 12, 2020

Stanley Perry, Navajo Storyteller​

Diego Paz, Yanakuna, Resguardo de Rioblanco Sotara Macizo Colombiano​

Margo Tamez, Lipan Apache, scholar, poet, and Indigenous rights defender​

Leilani Clark, Santa Clara Pueblo and Diné​

Axayacatl, Nahua Tlamanalcah

Tara Evonne Trudell, Santee Sioux/Rarámuri


FREE Film Screening

6 p.m. PST Live Stream Film: In My Blood It Runs
We are proud to partner with PBS POV to offer this free community screening of this production by 

filmmakers Maya Newell, Sophie Hyde, Rachel

Naninaaq Edwardson and Larissa Behrendt. 




Click HERE to Register

Limited space available- register today!

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Post-movie conversation following the screening with 

Indigenous educators, parents and social workers.

  • Moderator: Melodie Lopez, Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo, President, Indigenous Strategies & Co-Founder, HONOR Collective

  • Dr. Jeremy Garcia, Hopi, Co-Director of Indigenous Teachers Education Project, University of Arizona (ITEP)

  • Tony Viola, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Doctoral student in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Socio-cultural Studies at the University of Arizona

  • Amy Spotted Wolf, Tohono O'odham, Seminole, Creek, and Hidatsa, ITEP teacher candidate

  • Maria VaiSevoi, Yoeme- Tlamanalcah social worker

  • William Tilmouth, Arrernte Elder, film advisor and chairperson of Children’s Ground

  • Rachel Naninaaq Edwardson, Iñupiaq/Norwegian/Sami, film producer of In My Blood It Runs

Recorded Panel Discussion Video:

Call to Native_Indigenous Artists IPD we

Accepted YouTube formats can be found HERE

Questions: Contact us at:

Visit the Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020 Facebook event page HERE 

Visit the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders Facebook page HERE 

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