Nashville Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day

Posted at 5:39 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:39:27-04

Nashville celebrated its first Indigenous Peoples' Day on Columbus Day.

Local Native Americans celebrated their cultural heritage as a part of the first holiday.

On Monday, Nashville became the first state capital and major city in the south to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Nashville is also built on land first owned by the Shawnee, Cherokee, and Choctaw. In 1838, thousands of members of the Cherokee tribe passed through Nashville as part of the Trail of Tears.

The day honored Native American culture alongside the traditionally-observed Columbus Day.

Mayor Megan Barry and the entire Metro City Council were also invited to the festivities Monday at the Casa Mazacan.