This weekend (Aug. 7-8), as part of Boulder’s Sesquicentennial Celebration, join the Northern Arapaho Tribe for a “Coming Back Home” Gathering. Get in touch with Boulder's native roots, including food, arts and crafts, dancing, drumming and storytelling.
The festivities kicks-off on Friday with Downtown Boulder's Noon Tunes from 12 – 1:30 on the 1300 block of Pearl Street featuring the Sand Creek Band playing contemporary American Indian country and rock. Shortly after, grab the kids for a teepee building demonstration on the Courthouse lawn.
Saturday's (8/8) activities start with a 10 a.m. spiritual healing run/walk. The event, lead by tribal members, honors ancestors killed in the Sand Creek Massacre on November 29, 1864. Starting at Scott Carpenter Park and ending at Pearl Street, it is a spiritual dedication to the people who helped with the healing of the tribes after the Sand Creek Massacre. At 11 a.m. the official welcome ceremony gets underway with the state, city, county, university officials, Arapaho tribal members and color guard. Everyone is welcome to this ceremony. For the rest of the day, stroll down Pearl Street Mall and browse the many arts & crafts booths, munch on tasty traditional fry bread and delight in the drumming, dancing and storytelling performances.
Come celebrate Boulder’s 150th and our proud American Indian history in Downtown Boulder this weekend!
- Claire Little