Indigenous Peoples' Day occurs every year on the second Monday of October, a day traditionally celebrated as Columbus Day, but in recent years have shifted focus to illuminate the experiences of Native Americans and Indigenous People, who were almost exterminated in parts of what was known as "the New World".
Lou Tiscorni with the Dante Alighieri Society of Jersey City spent most of Monday preparing for the group's Columbus Day celebration.
For Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, the decision was easy.
Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since the 1930s, but as of 2015, less than half of US states had moved to give their employees a paid day off on the day. "Celebrate the different heritages and cultures, and we kind of do that in a different way, but maybe (do it) on a (grander) scale". "Yet the specifics of this holiday run so deep into human suffering that we need to shift our pride elsewhere". It is celebrated the second Monday in October.
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Indigenous Peoples Day is the same day as Columbus Day, which this year is on October 8, 2018. "In fact, he murdered a lot of the people that he encountered in the new world", he said. Leif Eriksson and the Vikings beat him to it five centuries earlier.
Columbus" own 1492 "discovery' of America is controversial itself with some pointing out Viking explorer Leif Erikson arrived long before the Italian. Sundance thanked the Earth, its inhabitants, the elements of nature, the Sky Father, Native American ancestors and many others for a brilliant day.
But there's no doubt that Columbus' voyages "had an undeniable historical impact, sparking the great age of Atlantic exploration, trade and eventually colonization by Europeans", Perry wrote. The traditional Columbus Day is Friday, Oct. 12.
AmeriFlora's opening ceremony was attended by was attended by President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush, entertainer Bob Hope, Ohio Gov. George V. Voinovich and Columbus Mayor Greg Lashutka among many others.
Tiscorni says he believes there's an attempt to rewrite history unfairly to Italian-Americans.
"We wanted to be able to honor our veterans", Davis told the Columbus Dispatch.
"Nobody really talks to native people, so the image that we've had of ourselves has been disgusting up until recently", Karenne Wood, the director of the Virginia Indian Programs, said "And so now we have this whole story all of this time and you just didn't learn it because people didn't teach it to you".