The Third Annual ICT Rock Your Mocs Roundup: 12 Amazing Photos from #RYM2018!

Rock Your Mocs, the annual event during Native American Heritage Month - celebrated with pics of traditional footwear

Rock Your Mocs, the annual event to help raise awareness of Native American Heritage Month, has come and gone with great success around the world.

The City of Portland joined the ranks of such state and local municipalities to include New Mexico and Santa Fe in officially celebrating Rock Your Mocs with a proclamation that November 16 is their official Rock Your Mocs Day.

Image courtesy Emergence Productions “Rock Your Mocs” Facebook Page.

Native-owned event production company Emergence Productions continued to assist Rock Your Mocs Founder Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye, Pueblo of Laguna, in New Mexico, with initiatives offline and on. This year’s week-long festivities ran from November 12 through November 17. Indigenous peoples from Turtle Island to Europe and Australasia repped their cultural pride by wearing their traditional footwear during Rock Your Mocs Week and shared them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the #RYM2018, #RockYourMocs, and #RYMevents hashtags.

Here is our annual roundup of some of the submissions curated by Emergence Productions on the Rock Your Mocs Instagram that caught our eye.

“Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world.”

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

From Aotearoa (New Zealand) to New Mexico! MaoriBenita Tahuri, “proud descendant of Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Kahungunu, Brien Boru (Last reigning King of Ireland)”,posted up at the official RYM 2018 event at theIndian Pueblo Cultural Centerin Albuquerque rocking mocs made by her Cherokee and Blackfoot Artist and Northern Traditional Dancer brother Gary.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Instagram user @goldeneyedesigns shared a throwback RYM photo of them with their eldest son rocking gorgeous purpley mocs.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Family-owned jewelry supply company Thunderbird Supply Company honored RYM 2018 beautifully.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Alaska Native Bristol Bay Native Corporation repped their Native Pride.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Chief Leschi School, Pallyup, WA joined in with the global celebration.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Instagrammer @yukonjlb rocked Saami footwear they picked up in northern Finland many years ago!

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Choctaw Nation employees honored Native American Heritage Month.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Indigenous Doll @indigedoll didn’t want to miss out on all the RYM fun!

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Tulsa Artist Fellowship celebrated RYM with an angelic choreographed dance.

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Miss Indian World 2018-19, Taylor Taiłbí Denzhöoné Susan, rocked her mocs at Lake Tahoe!

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

Last but not least:

"It matters what do with them, how & why I wear them" said Instagram user @jlgshanahan in their submission.

“To end my @rockyourmocs #rockyourmocs week I wanted to share a picture of all my #moccasins as I couldn’t wear them all in a week. Some are new, some are old, some were passed to me from my ancestors & some were from his ancestors. Some were gifts & some were purchased by me. It doesn’t matter how they got to me. It matters what do with them, how & why I wear them. To continue to learn & to teach my future the importance of being proud, resilient, indigenous. In beauty, I walk. #navajowoman #diné #navajo”

Courtesy: RYM/Emergence Productions

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