Pixan Ixim, Creighton University, and the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, are pleased to announce the first annual Omaha Celebration of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples held at Creighton University. This celebration, established by the UN in 1994, highlights the presence of First Nations Communities in Nebraska as well as in Guatemala. This year, we will be joined by five guest speakers from Guatemala, including Bishop Ramazzini and Prof. Daniel Caño of Huehuetenango, Guatemala.
On Friday evening, several traditional ceremonies have been planned. Omaha Nation elder and former tribal chairman Dr. Rudi Mitchell will conduct a traditional Cedar Ceremony, and Prof. Daniel Caño of Huehuetenango, Guatemala will then lead us in a Maya ceremony with customary marimba accompaniment.
On Saturday, Bishop Ramazzini of Huehuetenango, Guatemala will give a keynote address on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and a conference will follow. Here we will consider issues such as immigration and human mobility, exploitation of resources in indigenous Guatemalan communities, and indigenous peoples’ rights. This is an ideal opportunity for leaders and activists to discuss their work and the issues affecting their own communities.
We conclude the festivities on Saturday evening with music by the Pixan Ixim marimba group and a social dance. Attendees will have the opportunity to observe and learn traditional Maya dance with the Association of Maya Students.
For more information and a schedule please visit http://www.pixanixim.org/