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Etiquette 2023

Etiquette listed below must be followed by all Indigenous Peoples Day Ceremonial Celebration attendees, including presenters, speakers, demonstrators, presenters artists, vendors, & volunteers. 

Thank you for cooperation to to ensure a safe, respectful, & fun environment for all attendees!

Respect everyone, Native & non-Native, especially elders.

No alcohol, drugs, or firearms permitted.

No smoking anywhere on the field/park grounds.

Show respect during opening & closing ceremonies: be quiet, stand (if able), remove hats, silence cell phones, & put away cameras.

DO NOT TOUCH:

  • Drums, maracas,rattles, feathers, or ceremonial items

  • Regalia, jewelry, headdresses, etc. or other things worn by attendees, speakers, dancers, or presenters

  • Items on tables or altars without permission

Ask individuals for permission before photographing them.

Do not sit in the Accessible Viewing/Elders’ Area unless you need to​.

Respect that the accessible (larger) porta potty is reserved specifically for attendees with disabilities, children, or who otherwise cannot use the non-accessible porta potties.

Listen to Emcee Hiawatha Brown, who will announce the program.

Make room, step aside, sit, or kneel so those behind you can see the speakers, dancers, and presenters.

Keep Mother Earth clean: place all recyclables + trash in their designated bins.

We are following CDC & MA Dept. of Public Health guidelines to ensure a safe event. While not required, we encourage the use of masks for the safety & wellbeing of our community.

If you are uncertain about etiquette, ask the Emcee or Indigenous Peoples Day Newton committee members wearing blue lanyards.

Remember: Some cultures have customs & methods of doing things that may be different from what you’re used to. Cultural differences give us unique perspectives for understanding, learning from, and communicating with one another as a community! 

Have a good time!

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