Come on, all the cool kids are doing it.
One of our favorite times of the year is November 15, the midpoint of Native American Heritage Month, which in recent years has become known as "Rock Your Mocs Day." Rock Your Mocs is a grassroots, Native-pride gesture that, thanks to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, has become a phenomenon all over Turtle Island.
It goes something like this: You wear your moccasins, and you post a picture of them to your social site(s) of choice. What follows is a lot of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beauty and craftsmanship of the original Indigenous footwear, as well as sharing, replying, and retweeting, with comments like "Where did you get those?" and "I want these!"
While we wait for another Rock Your Mocs Day, we have compiled some photos of Indian country's hip and famous—the musicians, the actors, the artists, the dancers, the writers—who are helping Native culture to thrive in the 21st century. So, until it's time to watch your feeds for new Rock Your Mocs pics, feast your eyes on the great selection that follows.
Here's also a now-famous video that photographer Thosh Collins made for Rock Your Mocs 2013 with dancer James Jones:
When the time comes, get ready to join in. In the meantime, here are some links:
Rock Your Mocs on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockYourMocs
This piece was originally published on November 14, 2014.