Per the City of Takoma Park:
Indigenous People’s Day: Greeting the Waters
Masks are optional – if you are unvaccinated please consider wearing a mask.
Date: Saturday, October 09
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Sligo Creek North Neighborhood Park
Directions: (Playground across the street from Hayward Avenue)
- At 3:00 pm assemble at North Sligo Park, masks are optional
- Councilmember Peter Kovar reads the Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamation, then introduces Dr. Gabrielle Tayac
- Gabrielle Tayac lights cedar and gives an overview of how greeting the water brings purpose to Indigenous Peoples Day.
- Each person or family is invited to go to the water’s edge and speak a word of their commitment to the wellbeing of the water and to the community – silently or out loud.
All of Takoma Park is welcome to come to the waters at any time, especially during the days leading to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day commemorates Native Americans’ persistent presence and ongoing struggles since Columbus landed in the Caribbean on October 12, 1492, marking the beginning of centuries of conquest, enslavement, and displacement in the Americas. Diverse communities now living together on ancestral tribal lands come together to acknowledge history, to uphold reconciliation, and to support our collective wellbeing.
Takoma Park sits within the traditional homeland of the Piscataway, a state-recognized tribe of Maryland. We come together to honor this living space and ancestors. Greeting the Waters is an ancient, ongoing practice that reinforces relationships between people and the cultural landscape.
Join Councilmember Peter Kovar, and Takoma Park resident and Piscataway historian, Dr. Gabrielle Tayac, who will open the greetings and guide us in the ways that we can rebalance ourselves in this tribally based practice.