Do you have a Mohave blanket hidden away in a self storage bin? October 10 is Indigenous People’s Day, so it’s time to bring it out and put it on display. Indigenous People’s Day was originally proposed as a counter-celebration of Columbus Day. Not every state recognizes the holiday, which seeks to honor the history of Native Americans, but Arizona is among the ones that proudly do. Near Fort Mohave, AZ, is the Fort Mohave Indian Reservation, where a few Mohave still live. At Go Storage Units, we think now is a perfect time to honor their presence and connect with a culture that is integral to our country’s history.
Fort Mohave was named after a nearby fort that was in use during the Mohave War, an aggressive conflict between the Mohave people and the United States. The war began in 1858 and ended in 1859. Although they had lived in the region for centuries prior to American colonization, the Mohave people were forced to surrender in the face of advanced weaponry. A peace treaty was signed in 1859, and the Mohave never entered into conflict with the United States again. The Fort Mohave Indian Reservation was established more than a decade after the war ended. It still contains the site of the former Fort Mohave, which was used as a Native American boarding school until the 1930s. Transferred to the reservation in 1935, the structures have been allowed to deteriorate as a symbolic association with the subjugation of the Mohave people.
If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Fort Mohave’s indigenous people, attending the Fort Mohave Indian Days Festival is a perfect way to engage with their culture and history. Admission is free, and there will be fun activities for everyone in the family. The festival is held on October 14 and 15, and will include bird singing, dancing, culture workshops, sports tournaments, a frybread-eating contest, a Mohave parade and more.
Whether you’re moving to Fort Mohave or you’ve been inspired to remodel your home using authentic Native American decor, a convenient, affordable self storage unit can help you organize and safely store items that you can no longer fit into your living space. Visit Go Storage Units online today for pricing and availability details.