Inspirational Event – Albuquerque Journal

Laguna Pueblo dancers perform in the celebration of indigenous life in Albuquerque Public Schools Berna Facio Professional Development Building on Saturday. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)Blindfolded, 11-year-old Gabriel Sandoval tries to overcome an obstacle course as part of a trust exercise conducted by Patrick Trujillo (right) during the Indigenous Life Celebration. On the left is Sifera Sandoval, Gabriel’s 6 year old sister. (Roberto E. Rosales / Albuquerque Journal)

The indigenous culture and identity was celebrated on Saturday as more than 400 people gathered to celebrate indigenous life in Albuquerque.

Organizers said the event, now in its second year, is part of Native American Heritage Month.

The Albuquerque City Office of Equity and Inclusion-Office of Native American Affairs, community groups and Indigenous students and faculty from Albuquerque public schools collaborated on the celebration, which included a prayer walk, workshops and speakers.

“Students really learned how to set goals and organize an event by inviting guest speakers, selecting and managing providers, and recruiting fellow students and families to come together,” said Dawn Begay, coordinator of the Office of Native American Affairs at the City in a press release. “Her intention was to make people feel motivated and inspired to do good in their communities.”

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