Counter-Columbus Day: Celebrating the Resilience of Natives in the Americas
It has become a tradition for SNAP to hold an event on Columbus Day. The event in the past has served as a non-traditional way of looking at the consequences of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the “New World” and how native peoples were affected. We have decided that instead of discussing how natives throughout the Americas suffered and were victims, this year again we will celebrate how native peoples and their culture have survived and persevered despite all the hardships and attempts to be defeated that they have faced. We would be bringing a Native American performing group from the Massachusetts area as well as indigenous performing groups from Central and South America that will showcase traditional music and dance. In this way we will be able to highlight native culture from all regions of the Americas (North, Central and South America). Along with these performances we will also have pictures showcasing the beauty of indigenous culture and short presentations speaking on the consequences that Columbus's arrival in the Americas had on the indigenous populations and the ways in which they have struggled to rebuild. We also plan to have food from a local Peruvian restaurant, because of the important role that food plays in native and indigenous culture.