People filled the First Parish Church hall on Monday, Oct. 10 to celebrate Watertown’s first Indigenous Peoples Day.
The audience heard from keynote speaker Elizabeth Solomon, a representative of the Massachusett Nation, about issues facing Indigenous People today and the effects of colonialism.
The event also featured a special presentation of New Repertory Theatre’s historical play “Listen to Sipu,” starring Maria Hendricks and Jon Vellante with music provided by Geraldine Barney. The play was originally performed in June 2021 on the Arsenal on the Charles property near the banks of the Charles River, which was also was also a place frequented indigenous people.
During a break in the event, people headed into the church basement where indigenous crafts and products were on sale, and there were activities for children such as coloring.
The event was organized by the Pigsgusset Initiative, a group of local people who celebrate and advocate local Indigenous People, and seek to “undo the erasure of Indigenous Peoples from the place now called Watertown.”