Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving

Save The Date: Saturday, November 18th, 2017 for the 10th Annual Thangs Taken!

a day of art and culture celebrating Indigenous resistance

Back by popular demand!
Thangs Taken for Kids and Families!

A family-friendly interactive presentation for elementary school-aged children.

All events at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA.
Advanced tickets available at La Peña Box Office or


Thangs Taken: rethinking thanksgiving is an annual cultural arts event that brings artists, activists and communities together to explore the complex history of Thanksgiving and to acknowledge the legacy of U.S. colonialism and genocide against Native Americans. Produced by the Free Land Project and curated and hosted by Ariel Luckey, Thangs Taken features live music, dance, film, spoken word poetry, hip hop theater and visual art installations from Native and non-Native artists. Grounded in grassroots activism, Thangs Taken also features leaders from local social and environmental justice organizations to provide information on current campaigns and concrete ways to take action in the community. With the arts at the center, people from diverse backgrounds gather to engage in critical dialogue and to stand in the power of our collective ability to create a world we can truly be thankful for.

Each year Thangs Taken raises hundreds of dollars for a specific community organization or campaign. Past events have benefited the Sogorea Te Land Trust, Ohlone Shellmound Walk, the Longest Walk 2, the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, the Indigenous Delegation to Palestine and the Hintil Ku Caa Preschool in Oakland. Celebrating our common humanity and the legacy of resistance to colonization, we create a circle of prayers, poems, pictures, songs, stories and movement.

Artists and Activists

Thangs Taken has featured an incredible circle of artists and speakers including:

  • Corrina Gould (Chocheyno/Ohlone)
  • Wicahpiluta Candelaria (Ohlone/Apache)
  • Ann Marie Sayers (Indian Canyon/Ohlone)
  • Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone/Chumash)
  • Hartman Deetz (Wampanoag)
  • Wounded Knee De Ocampo (Miwok)
  • Ras K’Dee (Pomo)
  • Caleen Sisk (Winnemem Wintu)
  • Desirae Harp (Mishewal Wappo/Diné)
  • Morning Star Gali (Achumawi Pitt River)
  • Lakota Harden (Minnecoujou/Yankton Lakota & HoChunk)
  • Calina Lawrence (Suquamish)
  • Clyde Bellecourt (White Earth Ojibwe)
  • Bear Fox (Mohawk)
  • The 1491s
  • Jimbo Simmons (Choctaw)
  • Madonna Thunder Hawk (Two Kettle Lakota)
  • All Nations Drummers
  • DJ Free Leonard
  • GoodShield Aguilar (Lakota/Yaqui)
  • Nanette Bradley Deetz (Dakota/Cherokee)
  • Mignon Geli (Waray-Waray)
  • Odilia Rodriguez (Chicano-Lipan Apache)
  • Indigenize (Dine-Navajo)
  • Nataanii Means (Lakota/Navajo)
  • Witko (Oglala Lakota)
  • Almas Fronterizas
  • Rico Pabon
  • DJ Sake One
  • Wavy Gravy
  • Audiopharmacy
  • Octavio de la Paz
  • Iamani I.Ameni
  • One Struggle
  • Raw-G
  • Sparlha Swa
  • headRush
  • Oceania Coalition of Northern California
  • Raphael Cohen
  • Evan Hastings
  • Malcolm Margolin (author, The Ohlone Way)
  • Aurora Levins-Morales (author, Remedios)
  • Alicia Raquel
  • Lubna Morrar
  • DJ eFunk
  • Three Bells
  • Director Christopher McLeod, and his film In the Light of Reverence
  • Director Andrés Cediel, and his film Shellmound
  • Director Michelle Grace Steinberg, and her film Beyond Recognition