D. A. Navoti
Words You'll Hear: Indigenous Peoples Day
The history behind Columbus Day and
Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous Peoples’ Day: A Growing Cry Against Columbus
‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Movement Continues
Saturday: Fried Spam with eggs, toast, OJ, and Folgers for Mom and Dad. As for me? Alvin and
From my pillows and blankets and stuffed animals nested in front of the TV, I looked Mom and
Dad over at the kitchen table, their faces masked by newspaper.
During commercial break I’d curl on Dad’s lap and ask what he was reading about as he rustled
through The Arizona Republic.
“Just bad news,” he’d say.
This is how the world is introduced to children.
American Indians gather to celebrate
Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Salt Lake City
Kentucky city to celebrate its first Indigenous Peoples' Day
Alaska celebrates first permanent Indigenous Peoples Day
Berkeley celebrates 25 years of Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Charlottesville to Celebrate Indigenous People's Day
Portland observes Indigenous Peoples Day East Lansing marks Indigenous People's Day in lieu of Columbus Day
Santa Fe celebrates Indigenous Peoples Day amid tensions New Yorkers Call for Indigenous Peoples’ Day &
Removal of Columbus Statue
Should Detroit change Columbus Day to
Indigenous Peoples Day?
Hello, Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day not recognized in Cincinnati again:
Councilmembers, mayor called hypocrites
Piki bread is what my Hopi grandfather dipped in coffee while reading his Sunday funnies.
Assembling Piki bread is a laborious process of fining corn kernels into meal which is then mixed with ash and water. The gray, soupy batter is spread across flat stoneware heated by sweet-smelling cedar set aflame. Instantly, the batter bubbles. Fingertips peel the crisp layer off the scalding flat-stone and is rolled into a crunchy scroll.
I haven’t had Piki bread since Grandpa was alive. That was over 25 years ago. Piki recipes are
searchable over the web now.
Indigenous Peoples Day: 4 Things to Know
5 Young Native Americans On What
Indigenous Peoples Day Means To Them
6 Conflicting Feelings I Have About Indigenous Peoples’ Day as a Native Woman
Auntie and her wife raise three hellraisers, twins and a boy. They drove across the Arizona border
to exchange vows in California where it was legal at the time. When Grannie died, it was a reminder to prepare for the future. But Auntie couldn’t legally list her wife as a spouse because it was Arizona, back then, before marriage equality.
In 2015, Auntie’s marriage is recognized by Arizona and forty-nine states, Washington DC, and
US territories except for American Samoa and some reservations, including ours, because tribal sovereignty permits authority for tribes to legally govern themselves. This means Auntie hates her job at the tribal casino and hotel for medical benefits the family requires. Tribal healthcare is free for tribal members and their opposite-sexed spouses and children.
Someone will write about this. The headline will read: 3 Hellraisers Raise Hell for Good.
Columbus, your ship may have sailed: Indigenous Peoples Day picks up steam
Public weighs in on changing holiday to Indigenous Peoples' Day
Why these major cities celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day
Should Syracuse school board replace Columbus Day with
Indigenous Peoples' Day? You vote
The history behind Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous People’s Day;
Columbus Day has been controversial since it was established, and its history is even more gruesome than you realize
The Columbus Day holiday is under attack, and so are statues honoring the famed explorer
In Los Angeles, Columbus Day is toppled like a Confederate statue Just before Columbus Day, journal pulls controversial article defending colonialism
The case for colonialism Third World Quarterly Vol. 0 , Iss. 0,0
My other auntie was a rez school teacher and one hell of a Vin Diesel fan.
And during her teaching tenure, she was raped.
Mom bawled as she told me this story when I was too young to understand: Auntie confronted her
rapist eye-to-eye, warning him he desecrated Hopi traditions, sacred norms that outlasted colonial darkness. Auntie never reported her rapist to tribal police. Instead, she let the bastard fight tooth and nail against himself, sentencing him to a long life of guilty ownership that ate him alive.
There were no headlines.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Italians Say Stick with Columbus
CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS STATUE COVERED ON LA’S FIRST INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY
American Indians Need Help Not Indigenous People’s Day
Today Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day—Here's How
You Can Celebrate Indigenous Statue Vandalised With Red Paint On Columbus Day
Why ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’ Is Far Worse Than Columbus Day
Replacing Columbus Day
with ‘Indigenous People’s Day’?
Why Not Just Scream ‘I Wish I Was Never Even Born!’
Indigenous Peoples Day,
the original odd couple
I toiled over sun-beat rocks and found two circles etched on a boulder. Sweat stung my eyes but
it was clear as day: two sun-shaped petroglyphs drawn exactly how I doodled potato people, like two wide lumps with a few squiggle lines.
These petroglyphs are common across the Southwest. Villagers gossiped this is where George
Lucas got the idea of a two-sun Tattooine. Others argued it’s a sketch of the supernova explosion of CE 1054.
Who to believe, I don’t know.
D.A. Navoti's work has appeared in Spartan, The Explicator, NativeOUT, and elsewhere, with previous scholastic research presented at The Evergreen State College and UCLA’s Thinking Gender Conference. He received emerging writer fellowships from Hugo House & Jack Straw Cultural Center.
He grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and is a member of the Gila River Indian Community, a descendant of Pima, Hopi, Zuni, and Yavapai-Apache tribes.
D.A. lives and writes in Seattle, WA.