Courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram
Indian country came to the "Rock Your Mocs" call November 13th through the 19th!

11 Awesome Photos: “Roc Your Mocs” Pride and Support for NoDAPL

Lisa J. Ellwood

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.

Rock Your Mocs Founder Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico with Shannon Tenorio and Ross Reano from Santo Domingo Pueblo at the RYM2016 Launch Event. (courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram)

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.

‘Solidarity and Sovereignty! RockYourMocs RYM2016 - “Bringing the stories from thousands of sovereign nations to one space. (courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram / htiaf_alyak)

“Three generations this year. #RockYourMocs #RYM2016 #IStandWithStandingRock (courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram / essjay_stevens)

‘U.S.Senator Jon Tester Montana and staff! - “It’s #RockYourMocs Week, a time to honor the unique culture and heritage of Native Americans. To celebrate, members of my staff decided to rock their moccasins in the Senate today! (courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram / senatorjontester)

Adorable meter went on overload from kennethchanphotography - “Loved my photo session this morning in Globe, Arizona, with an adorable baby in her traditional native buckskin outfit.”’ (courtesy Rock Your Mocs Instagram)

Here are some of our favorite photos including event announcements from Instagram and Facebook using the #RYM2016 hashtag.

“Today is #rockyourmocs day - standing together as indigenous people to honor our ancestors and celebrate #nationalnativeamericanheritagemonth #rym2016 #twospirit #nativepride” said Zachary DeWolf of Pride Foundation, Seattle, Washington. (courtesy Zachary DeWolf Instagram)

WeRNative “by Native Youth, For Native Youth” (and based at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board) encouraged their followers to participate: “Rock Your Mocs. Be a part of a worldwide event next week by wearing moccasins to school, to work or wherever your days take you.” (courtesy of WeRNative Instagram)

The Ojibwe Cultural Foundation of M'Chigeeng, Ontario, Canada held a RYM2016 Photo Contest. (courtesy OCF Instagram)

More cuteness overload from Ojibwe Cultural Foundation of M'Chigeeng, Ontario, Canada RYM2016 Photo Contest Winners: 1st Tyana Arviso, 2nd place baby Rosalee, 3rd place Sophie Pheasant. (courtesy OCF Facebook Page and contest winners)

“#RockYourMoccs Ineh (mom) and baby styles #RockYourMocs2016 #RockYourMocs #rym2016” - Hanjek Hudan Clan (Crow People) writer and journalist Chantal Rondeau of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in the territory of the Yukon, Canada. (courtesy Chantal Rondeau Instagram)

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.

(courtesy Rock Your Mocs Facebook Event Page and Emergence Productions Facebook Page)

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:

“Greetings everyone,

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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