What started out in 2010 as a one-day annual event to represent Native Pride across Turtle Island has grown into a much-loved, week-long Native American Heritage Month tradition around the world.
This year’s Rock Your Mocs celebrations were particularly poignant because of the historic resistance actions against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Needless to say, there is a lot of love for and solidarity with #NoDAPLWater Protectors internationally and Rock Your Mocs 2016 reflected that in abundance.
Here are just a few of the selections from the Rock Your Mocs Instagram page.
Here are some of our favorite photos including event announcements from Instagram and Facebook using the #RYM2016 hashtag.
Rock Your Mocs organizers appreciate the continued support. They posted Special Thank Yous on Facebook and re-affirmed their solidarity with Standing Rock Water Protectors and appreciation for those supporting #NoDAPL globally.
From Rock Your Mocs Founder – Jessica Jaylyn Atsye:
I want to say a huge Thank You, to those who support Rock Your Mocs. You all are the reason for growth of Rock Your Mocs and we are strong because of you all! As we wear our moccasins, we not only stand for unity but create multicultural awareness. The possibilities for this movement are endless. You all did that and we appreciate you. Dawaheh, gumeh hushchameh in your journeys, near and far, and in the future.
From Rock Your Mocs Event Producer – Melissa Sanchez:
As this year's Rock Your Mocs comes to a close, I’m a little sad ha ha. Only because every day, your posts and photos have brought smiles and laughter, not only to us but people around the world. You all have contributed with your hearts, shared stories and inspired us. The connection throughout the world is undeniable. A giant thank you and we are wishing you well! A special thanks to the Emergence Productions team; Rick Valdez and Emmett Shkeme Garcia, I could not get the work that needs to be done without your support. Jaylyn you’ve done a good thing and we encourage you to keep accomplishing your goals! We are all still looking at your photos, checking the hashtags and are looking forward to 2017 #RockYourMocs #RYM2017 !
Sending good thoughts to all,
Emergence Productions/Rock Your Mocs”
From the entire RYM2016 Team:
“Thank you to those are organized events for your communities – you’re awesome!
Please keep sending strength and prayers to #StandWithStandingRock Protectors #NoDAPL #WaterIsLife at the frontline, those fighting in D.C. and those supporting worldwide.
We Appreciate You!”
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