FAM

Indigenous Peoples Day

Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
FREE | No Tickets Required for Event ($5 Discounted Gallery Admission)

This family friendly celebration of First Americans arts, music and culture features hands-on art activities, traditional sports and games and performances ranging from hip-hop to stomp dance. 

FAQ & Map

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  • The FAM campus is ADA compliant and accessible parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.
  • Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are permitted in all areas of the museum. A limited number are available for free checkout at the coat check desk.
  • Service animals are permitted if trained to perform specific tasks due to disability. Companion and emotional support animals are not allowed. 
  • See more museum accessibility details here.

Groups are welcome to participate in Indigenous Peoples Day. Please note that it is strongly encouraged to arrange transportation via bus or van to the museum. Parking is extremely limited. Buses may drop off groups at the FAM Center loading zone and park offsite at Crooked Oak Public Schools, located at 15th and Eastern. Parking is $10. 

Save additional time by purchasing tickets in advance. Email learn@famok.org for details.

Box lunches, group restaurant reservations and guided tours for groups are not available during this event.

Outside food or drink is not permitted. Dining options include Thirty Nine restaurant, Arbor Cafe and food trucks in Festival Plaza. 

In the case of inclement weather and/or wet grounds in Festival Plaza, some activities may be canceled. FAM will endeavor to issue updates on rain plans by 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Limited free parking is available onsite. Overflow parking with shuttle is available for $10 at Crooked Oak Public Public Schools at SE 15th and Eastern. All proceeds benefit the school.

Pets are not permitted inside FAM or at the event. Service animals required due to disability are permitted. 

  • All commercial photography must be approved in advance. Submit inquires to media@famok.org. 
  • Flash photography or tripods are not permitted in the galleries. 
  • Drones are not permitted except without prior authorization from FAM.

Prohibited items include firearms and weapons, drones, fireworks, coolers and ice chests. Bicycles, scooters, roller skates/blades, and hoverboards are not permitted inside the event. Powwow/camp chairs are not encouraged—FAM will provide bleacher seating at the stickball games and main stage.

Soliciting or proselytizing is not permitting on the FAM campus. Visitors exhibiting threatening or violent behavior will be asked to leave. Vending is not permitted at this event without prior written permission from FAM.

FAM is a smoke free campus, including vaping. The designated smoking area is behind the FAM Theater emergency exit facing east. 

Full Schedule

All Day (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) | Chalk Mural in Courtyard; Advocacy booths in Hall of The People; $5 discounted admission to exhibitions; Food trucks in Festival Plaza; FAMstore open

10 a.m. | Museum opens; Stickball games begin in Festival Plaza (Two hours)

11 a.m. | This Has Always Been Indian Country youth art contest awards presentation in Xchange Theater (30 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)

12 p.m. | Performance by AJ Harvey (Ponca/Pawnee/Hidatsa) at Main Stage

1 p.m. | Mayoral proclamation reading and remarks at Main Stage (One hour)

2 p.m. | Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe at Main Stage (20 min.); Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)

2:30 p.m. | Kalyn Fay (Cherokee) performs at Main Stage (45 min.); What is Sovereignty? panel discussion in Xchange Theater (One hour)

3 p.m. | Tipi storytelling at Courtyard (15 min.)

3:30 p.m. | Leah Palmer (Choctaw) poetry reading at Main Stage (20 min.)

4 p.m. | Labrys performs at Main Stage (40 min.)

Main Stage

From hip-hop to dance, you are invited to enjoy the very best in First American performing arts. At 1 p.m., Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt (Osage) will provide remarks acknowledging the day.

  • AJ Harvey (Ponca/Pawnee/Hidatsa)
  • Chickasaw Nation Dance Troupe
  • Emerging Indigenous DJ Showcase led by DJ Nymasis (Kiowa)
  • Kalyn Fay (Cherokee)
  • LABRYS (Penny Pitchlynn (Choctaw))
  • Leah Palmer (Choctaw)
  • Sarah Adams-Cornell (Choctaw) Emcee
  • Thunder Boy as Host Drum
Stickball

Ready to rumble? During the morning, we invite players for a tournament-style game series. We have sticks to loan for those without. To register to play, email aceg@famok.org. Spectators are invited to cheer on our champions!

Advocacy

Discover the issues impacting Indian Country today and how you can help. Visit nonprofit booths in Hall of The People throughout the day to learn more:

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Education Department
  • Diversity Center of Oklahoma/Central Oklahoma Two-Spirit Society
  • Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
  • Oklahoma City Thunder
  • Oklahoma Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Statewide Chapter
  • Rock the Native Vote
  • Tinker Inter-tribal Council (TIC)

Don’t miss the What is Sovereignty? panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. in Xchange Theater. Panelists will address the topic of tribal sovereignty from various perspectives. 

  • Dr. heather ahtone (Choctaw/Chickasaw), FAM Director of Curatorial Affairs
  • Stephen Greetham, Senior Counsel of Chickasaw Nation
  • Carrie Lehi (Cheyenne [Tsétsêhéstâhese]), Language advocate
  • Amy Warne (Muscogee), Licensed dietician and food sovereignty advocate
Art & Culture

Courtyard Chalk Mural

Get your doodle on at our monumental chalk mural designed by Summer Zah (Jicarilla Apache/Choctaw/Navajo) and translated to the ground by our friends at Sunny Dayz Mural Fest. Spanning over several hundred square feet, this interactive design invites you to get creative at Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Tipi & Storytelling

Caddo Nation educator Leonard Kionute (Delaware Nation/Caddo) will raise host a tipi in the courtyard and answer you questions about this iconic structure of the plains. Drop in for storytelling sessions at 11, 2 and 3 p.m.

Visit the Exhibitions

All visitors four years old and up will enjoy discounted $5 gallery admission to our exhibitions. Friendly docents will be on hand to guide your visit, share stories and answer your questions. No food, drink or large bags are permitted in the galleries. Strollers, wheelchairs and mobility scooters are allowed.

Youth Art Contest

View work by young Indigenous artists on the Xchange Theater screen throughout the day. Multimedia works will address the theme of This Has Always Been Indian Country, a message that greets visitors to our galleries. Prizes for winners in each age category! 

Dine and Shop

Enjoy sit-down dining at Thirty Nine Restaurant or casual fare at Arbor Cafe. Food trucks outside in Festival Plaza will offer additional options. 

Purchase First American art, jewelry, apparel and gifts at FAMstore.

2022 Volunteer Support & Sponsors

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