BERKELEY — A powwow on Saturday, Oct. 14 in celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day has been canceled because of the East Bay-wide air pollution generated by fires raging in Napa and Sonoma counties.
“The decision was made by the Committee a couple of hours ago as we took in just how bad the air quality is in Berkeley itself,” a post shortly before 8 p.m. on an Indigenous Peoples Day event page on Facebook reads in part. “We also had Pomo dancers who were willing to risk all to travel from the Clearlake area, which is deeply devastated to the point of loss of homes for many of their relatives. This would have presented great danger.”
“We are all deeply disappointed, as I know you all will be,” the post adds. “We are doing the responsible thing at this point, and look forward to an even better PowWow than we would have had, next year.”
The canceled powwow and Indian market had been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park on Oct. 14 to mark the silver anniversary of Indigenous Peoples Day. The festivities were supposed to include a dance exhibition by Native California and Aztec dancers, as well as a contest dancing, intertribal dancing, a giveaway, and honor songs. There also was supposed to be Native American foods, arts and crafts, celebrations of American Indian culture, and a “Prettiest Shawl” contest.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Indigenous Peoples Day, first celebrated in Berkeley on Oct. 12, 1992.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment