The City of Tulsa celebrated "Native American Day" with an all-day festival that kicked off Monday morning, October 8.
City leaders say they want the event to be all about inclusiveness and to show how native cultures make the Tulsa community better.
The Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission hosted the free event at Tulsa's Guthrie Green, which included speakers from various tribes, dance performances and a parade.
"Finally we have a day to honor all of our Native Americans, not only for our Native Americans that are here today, but those who have made this trail and this path for us," said Linda Bolin, Greater Tulsa Area Cherokees.
A local artist spent the day working on a live mural based on Native American Day.
Tulsa’s “Native American Day” celebration starts here at the Guthrie Green at 11am. Organizers with the city say it’ll include dance performances, a live mural and a parade to celebrate native culture and how it affects Tulsa. @NewsOn6 pic.twitter.com/jns25miuTr— Joseph Holloway (@a_cupof_JOE) October 8, 2018
Events began at 11 a.m. and continued through 9 p.m. The parade started at 11:30 a.m. at Boston Avenue and Cameron Street. The event also featured tribal dancers, native artists and NANYEHI, a move about an influential Cherokee war woman .
The cities of Denver, Minneapolis and Albuquerque are just some of the cities that celebrate "Native American Day" on the second Monday in October, which is also Columbus Day.