Pearl Jam, Kacey Musgraves & More Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day By ‘Recognizing Who Came First’

Written by on October 13, 2020

Historically, the second Monday in October is observed as Columbus Day, but as discussion over the violent history of Christopher Columbus’ colonization in the Americas continues to grow, many states and cities across the nation have chosen to honor the people who lived in the Western Hemisphere long before Columbus and other colonizers enslaved them.

Thus, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was born. Since it was instituted in Berkeley, California, in 1992 to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, the new holiday became officially recognized in states like Alaska, Hawaii, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont and more.

On Monday (Oct. 12), a number of celebrities took to social media to honor Indigenous People’s Day, with Pearl Jam announcing that they are the “first donor to support longtime partner Chief Seattle Club’s project to construct a Coast Salish Welcome Pole. This will be the first known Coast Salish artwork to be permanently installed in Seattle’s downtown corridor since Native structures were outlawed within city limits in 1865.”


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