NPS celebrates ‘Rock your Mocs’ week during Native American Heritage Month

MOOSE, Wyo. — In the United States, the month of November is designated as Native American Indian Heritage Month. It is a time that aims to provide a platform for Native people in the U.S. to share their culture, traditions, and crafts, along with their ways and concepts of life.

This week, a worldwide event called  “Rock your Mocs” encourages Indigenous people to wear moccasins wherever they go to celebrate Tribal individuality.

Today, Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) shared a photo from Ranger Jamie who is a member of the Navajo Nation and does GIS and mapping for GTNP.

“I’m wearing my moccasins to stand with my relatives and to be proudly Indigenous,” said Ranger Jamie. “I wear them as a symbol of unity as well as to increase visibility of Native people in the NPS and my community.”

Rock Your Mocs began in New Mexico in 2011, as a single-day event to coincide with Native American Heritage Month. Its founder Jaylyn Atsye, created the event as an opportunity for Native peoples across the country to express solidarity and embrace their identities by wearing traditional footwear.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.

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