Fifteen tribal nations, including the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohicans, will gather in the Berkshires to honor Indigenous Peoples' Day from Oct. 8 to 10. 

The inaugural Northeast Council for Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a convening of the native leaders, will take place at Kripalu. Although the council meeting is private, an Indigenous Voices Panel will be livestreamed from Kripalu at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

"Honoring Native America," a program of music, keynote speakers and a presentation of the first NAACP Indigenous Award, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington. Tickets are $25, free for students.

An Indigenous Peoples' Day Ceremonial Walk with Gordon Williams and his Stockbridge-Munsee Powwow Drum Family will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at Giggle Park, 334 Main St., Great Barrington.

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In addition, Berkshire Community Action is organizing an Indigenous Peoples’ Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, on The Common, 100 First St., Pittsfield. 

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Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.