Indigenous Peoples Day
Monday, Oct. 10, 2022 | 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
FREE | No Tickets Required for Event ($5 Discounted Gallery Admission)
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 [email protected] for details.
Boxed lunches, group restaurant reservations and guided tours for groups are not available during this event. Access Funds for schools 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.
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.
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.); Thirty Nine Restaurant opens
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.); Moore Public Schools Indian Education Dance Trouble in Xchange Theater (20 min.)
4 p.m. | Labrys performs at Main Stage (40 min.); Thirty Nine Restaurant closes
Join us at the main stage in Festival Plaza!
Ready to rumble? Watch the very best players in Indian Country compete for victory from 10:30–noon. Spectators are invited to cheer on our champions!
Through the afternoon, you are invited to play social games with our community stickball athletes. We will provide sticks for men and boys!
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:
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.
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 host a tipi in the courtyard and answer you questions about this iconic structure of the plains. Drop in for 15-minute storytelling sessions at 11 a.m., 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!
Enjoy the following food options:
Purchase First American art, jewelry, apparel and gifts at FAMstore.
7 p.m. | Rodeo Cinema (2221 Exchange Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73108)
FREE | Tickets Required
Rodeo Cinema and First Americans Museum present an evening of FREE Indigenous Cinema Shorts selected by film programmer and scholar Sunrise Tippeconnie (Comanche). This event takes place offsite at Rodeo Cinema after the events at FAM.
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma Shirt Company