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Decolonize the Holidays: Indigenous Whittier

Tribal chairman of the Kizh Nation Andrew Salas spoke with Sustainable City News about the Indigenous experience of American holidays. “On Christmas, we celebrate traditionally with Santa Claus and Christmas lights and everything, but we celebrate the day after--Winter Solstice--with a Sunrise Ceremony. It’s the beginning of winter."

Indigenous Whittier College student Esai Cervantes has mixed feelings about the holidays: “I know people who are starting to reclaim their Indigenous side start to feel uncomfortable practicing Christianity. It’s still sort of difficult when you have family who are celebrating Christmas and believe in Christianity. In some way or form, Christianity has impacted our way of life.”