Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day through music


Randall James plays an African drum.


Joella and Cindi Byron-Dixon are members of the Indigenous Peoples Day committee.


Mary Hammond shakes a South American instrument and Steve Hammond plays along on a cowbell.


Randall James and Audrey Kolb keep the groove.


Jean Simon is filled with joy during Oberlin’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.


Elizabeth Mathias, Tom Riggle, and Judy Riggle shake maracas.


Audrey Kolb teaches the group how to use an East Indian instrument.


Part-Cherokee, Audrey Kolb taps a beat on an Egyptian drum.


Photos by Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

The steady beat of a drum could be heard thumping Saturday through Park Street Park for Oberlin’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration. A handful of people sat in a circle around a pile of wooden instruments, joining in one-by-one until a every musician found their groove. City council voted earlier this year against observing Columbus Day, rebranding the holiday in favor of native peoples.

Randall James plays an African drum.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6739.jpgRandall James plays an African drum.

Joella and Cindi Byron-Dixon are members of the Indigenous Peoples Day committee.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6731.jpgJoella and Cindi Byron-Dixon are members of the Indigenous Peoples Day committee.

Mary Hammond shakes a South American instrument and Steve Hammond plays along on a cowbell.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6730.jpgMary Hammond shakes a South American instrument and Steve Hammond plays along on a cowbell.

Randall James and Audrey Kolb keep the groove.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6719.jpgRandall James and Audrey Kolb keep the groove.

Jean Simon is filled with joy during Oberlin’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6728.jpgJean Simon is filled with joy during Oberlin’s first Indigenous Peoples Day celebration.

Elizabeth Mathias, Tom Riggle, and Judy Riggle shake maracas.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6725.jpgElizabeth Mathias, Tom Riggle, and Judy Riggle shake maracas.

Audrey Kolb teaches the group how to use an East Indian instrument.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6724.jpgAudrey Kolb teaches the group how to use an East Indian instrument.

Part-Cherokee, Audrey Kolb taps a beat on an Egyptian drum.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/10/web1_IMG_6720.jpgPart-Cherokee, Audrey Kolb taps a beat on an Egyptian drum.