There are several Native American holidays celebrated throughout the calendar year. This Thursday, June 21, is the traditional day for the Inti Raymi Festival, coinciding with the winter solstice and the Native celebration of the sun as a life-giving power. Read here to learn more about each of these important holidays. The history of America is forever connected to the history of its Native peoples.

John M. DeMarco is a writer, strategist, and executive coach based in Nashville, Tennessee.