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Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations to continue this weekend in Lawrence

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In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day, Lawrence events on Friday and Saturday aim to celebrate Indigenous cultures and identities, specifically related to ecology.

Indigenous Peoples Day was celebrated on Monday, and KU’s First Nations Student Association (FNSA) this week raised a tipi on campus as well as hosted two panels with students and community leader speakers.

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Several Lawrence organizations have collaborated on more events this weekend, one at Lawrence Public Library and the other at Haskell Indian Nations University. Community members are invited to attend, and admission to both events is free.

The Indigenous Community Center (ICC), the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, and the library are partnering to host a dance and a documentary screening on Friday, Oct. 13.

A drum and community round dance is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Friday followed by a screening of “Tending the Wild,” and Q&A, set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. The documentary is about ecology and Indigenous land stewardship practices, according to the library’s event page on its website.

In addition, a foraging hike is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Pow Wow Grounds at Haskell. After the hike, participants will gather to see Jason Champagne, known as the Native Chef, cook with wild ingredients.

KU Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, FNSA, and ICC are partnering with Haskell to host that event.

Visit ICC’s Facebook page, facebook.com/IndigenousCommunityCenterLawrenceKS, to learn more.

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