The San Antonio Spurs will pay homage to Indigenous cultures across the globe when the team hosts the Miami Heat as part of its first-ever Indigenous Night on Sunday afternoon.
The San Antonio Spurs Guard and advocate for Indigenous people and cultures, Patty Mills, initiated the Spurs Indigenous Night. It is the first-ever Indigenous Night at the AT&T Center honors those who inhabited this area for 12,000 years: TheTāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan Nation.
The event will feature the debut of Mills’ apparel collection collaboration in the Spurs shop. The limited run of Spurs x Patty Mills x Tāp Pīlam apparel includes men’s and women’s t-shirts, a hoodie, a crewneck sweatshirt, and caps. Inspired by the communal nature and indigenous aesthetics, this collection continues the team’s rich history of cultural inclusion while honoring the heritage of their shared home.
The first 10,000 in attendance will receive a bobblehead in which Patty Mills is depicted holding both his Torres Strait Islanders and Australian Aboriginals ancestral flags.
Ceremonial blessings by elders will also be held, followed by Native American performances including River Singers, Powwow Dancers, and Aztec Dancers
Post game, an auction benefitting the TheTāp Pīlam Coahuiltecan Nation will close. Featured is a 4' x 5' canvas by San Antonio muralists, Los Otros, commissioned by Patty Mills symbolizing the history and culture of the Native Americans in San Antonio.