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Lincoln Square Native American Musical Showcase Part Of Push To Establish Indigenous Peoples’ Day In Chicago

The Old Town School of Folk Music is hosting its third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Concert Oct. 13.

Indigenous musican OPLIAM is just one of several performers to be featured in the 2021 Indigenous Peoples' Day Concert this October.
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LINCOLN SQUARE — A free concert featuring Indigenous music is coming to Lincoln Square this month.

The Old Town School of Folk Music is hosting its third annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day Concert 8:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Maurer Concert Hall, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave.

A $10 donation is suggested for the concert. Seats can be reserved in advance on the Old Town School of Folk Music’s website.

The event will feature Indigenous bands and musical groups showcasing Native American art, history and culture. Indigenous musicians OPLIAM, NuFolk Rebel Alliance and Eugene Hütz of punk band Gogol Bordello, and Huguito Gutierrez and Armando Bakle are scheduled to perform. 

Organizers hope the concert can celebrate local Indigenous communities and generate support for the movement to change Columbus Day, which is Oct. 11, to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Chicago. 

In addition to the musical showcase, brochures and handouts will be given to concert attendees, detailing the history of Indigenous people, Columbus and colonization, as well as the importance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Several U.S. cities have scuttled celebrations of the explorer in favor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, particularly as leaders grapple with their practices of honoring and memorializing historical figures with violent, racist or controversial legacies. Chicago Public Schools ended its commemoration of Columbus Day last year.

The city dismantled its three Columbus statues after violent clashes in Grant Park last year, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city leaders have resisted replacing Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

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