November 30, 2009

Fireworks celebrate Native heritage

Fireworks light up pueblo sky to honor proclamation

By Bertha ParkerMoments after learning about the historic Presidential Proclamation honoring tribes via email Sky City's Marketing Director Brianna Mitchell began planning a public celebration for Nov. 27. According to Mitchell there wasn't much time to plan more than three days of celebratory events. The celebration included an eight minute fireworks display the evening of Nov. 27; Acoma dance performances at Sky City Casino; Arts and Crafts at Acoma's Cultural Center and Museum; multi-instrument and flute performances by Adrian Wall of Jemez Pueblo at Sky City Casino.

“There have been a lot of people and lots of excitement about the presidential proclamation. It's to honor the First Nations of the United States and recognizes the contributions we Native people made to this country especially at Thanksgiving. We associate Thanksgiving with Native Americans helping the Pilgrims with our crops,” said Adrian Wall.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see History of Native American Heritage Day.

Below:  The church and pueblo atop the Acoma mesa.

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