Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognized and celebrated in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON — A trio of community events, including one held in Great Barrington, honored and celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day in unison following the town’s recent decision to formally recognize the day.

A small group of people gathered for a sunrise ceremony began the day’s events in Great Barrington with a silent prayer at the Railroad Street Youth Project.

On hand were representatives on behalf of Berkshire-based diversity groups Multicultural BRIDGE and Manos Unidas, as well as a number of local residents.

Moments of meditation and storytelling were shared by Mount Washington resident Steven Good Man to a crowd of 30 people at the skatepark.

Later in the day, a potluck picnic was held on Good Man’s property, where more than 40 people congregated to celebrate the day dedicated to the indigenous population of the earth.

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