Rock Your Mocs 2020
Rock Your Mocs 2020 (RYM 2020) is here! The annual week-long campaign brings together tribes across the country – and globe – to show off their moccasins and honor Native American ancestors and Indigenous peoples as an extension of American Indian Heritage Month. RYM 2020 will be recognized Nov.15-21, 2020.
RYM was founded in 2011 by Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. She partnered with Emergence Productions – A Native American-owned event production company – to bring this cultural celebration to life. Originally celebrated on Nov. 15, RYM is now celebrated for a full week so that more people have a chance to share in the tradition.
Each year, organizers around the world host awareness events, dances, marathons, and workshops to bring communities together. These events can occur anytime during the week but with the ongoing pandemic, we recommend you check local listings for updates and follow local guidelines about social distancing and gatherings. Many participating organizations are getting creative this year, such as the Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico. They’ll be hosting a virtual 5K run in moccasins where participants can sign up to run (or walk) their 5K on their own time.
Participating in the RYM movement is simple – even if you don’t own moccasins! Just wear a turquoise ribbon for awareness and solidarity, take a picture of your mocs or ribbon and post it on social media, using the official hashtag, #ROCKYOURMOCS. The hashtag will allow people to follow along and see the unique designs and types of moccasins used by tribes around the world.
The RYM movement aims to inspire cultural pride and empowerment for tribes and Indigenous peoples and raise awareness of Native causes, such as the efforts of PWNA, which has served Native communities for 30 years. Being able to celebrate our culture is fantastic, and RYM is a wonderful way to support our communities, teach younger generations about our history, and bring people together to share in honoring and preserving Native American heritage.