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UA’s Moundville Native American Festival Revels in Music, Crafts, Culture

MOUNDVILLE, Ala. — Two Native American Music Award winners – Muscogee flutist Billy Whitefox and Cherokee guitarist and vocalist Michael Jacobs – highlight this year’s Moundville Native American Festival, from Wednesday, Oct. 7 to Saturday, Oct. 10, at The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park.

Carl Etheridge of Cartersville, Ga., show visitors how Southeastern Indians fletched their arrows.

Carl Etheridge of Cartersville, Ga. shows visitors how Southeastern Indians fletched their arrows.

Each year, the festival celebrates Southeastern culture. Shop for arts and crafts, play ancient games and climb Alabama’s tallest mound. Eat native foods, learn about Native American art and hear music ranging from traditional flute to Choctaw bluegrass.

Phone 205/371-2234 or go to http://moundville.ua.edu/ for more details.

The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park is 13 miles south of campus off Alabama Highway 69.

Named as one of Alabama’s Top 10 Events by the Alabama Bureau of Tourism and Travel, the festival also features an early 1800s Creek hunting camp, children’s activities, dance, storytelling, living history re-enactments and archaeology in action.

Last year’s festival attracted some 12,000 people. Numerous school groups are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, and the general public is encouraged to attend Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct 10.

Charlotte Hagood of Albertville, Ala., helps kids make cornshuck dolls.

Charlotte Hagood of Albertville helps kids make cornshuck dolls.

The park is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the festival is $9 for adults; $7 students; free for children ages 5 and younger. Group discounts with reservations are available.

Described as the Big Apple of the 14th century, Moundville was America’s largest city north of Mexico 800 years ago. This National Historic Landmark, part of UA Museums, contains 320 acres with more than 20 preserved prehistoric Indian mounds, campgrounds, picnic areas, boardwalk nature trail, theater, riverbend lodge, and a museum of some of the finest Mississippian-era artifacts ever found in North America. Discover the rich culture of the Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, and Seminole natives whose regional descents return to the Moundville site for an annual homecoming.

Performance Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 8

10 a.m.          Festival Welcome with Emcee Walter Gowan

10:05 a.m      Choctaw Storytelling with Juanita Gardinski & The Ala Hinte Kids

10:30 a.m.     Muscogee Flute Music & Stories with Billy Whitefox

11 :00 a.m.    Hoop Dancing with Lyndon Alec

11:15 a.m.     Cherokee Social Dancing with One Cherokee Dancers

Noon               Muscogee Stomp Dancing with Hvsosv Tallvhassee Dancers

12:45 p.m.     Hoop Dancing with Lyndon Alec

1 p.m.              Muscogee Flute Music & Stories with Billy Whitefox

1:45 p.m.       Muscogee Stomp Dancing with Hvsosv Tallvhassee Dancers

2:30 p.m.       Cherokee Social Dancing: One Cherokee Dancers

Friday, Oct. 9, and Saturday, Oct. 10

9 a.m.              Opening & Storytelling with Emcee Walter Gowan

9:30 a.m.       Muscogee Stories & Flute Music with Billy Whitefox

10 a.m.           Acoustic Guitar & Vocals with Michael Jacobs

11 a.m.           Hoop Dancing with Lyndon Alec

11:15 a.m.     Choctaw Storytelling with Juanita Gardinski & The Ala Hinte Kids (Friday Only)

11:15 a.m.     Birds of Prey Program: Save Our American Raptors (Saturday Only)

11:45 a.m.     Muscogee Stomp Dancing with Hvsosv Tallvhassee Dancers

12:30 p.m.    Cherokee Stories with Jeff Hughes

1 :00  p.m.    Hoop Dancing with Lyndon Alec

1:15 p.m.       Acoustic Guitar & Vocals with Michael Jacobs

2:15 p.m.       Choctaw Storytelling – Juanita Gardinski & the Ala Hinte Kids (Friday and Saturday)

2:15 p.m.       Birds of Prey Program with SOAR (Saturday only)

2:45 p.m.       Muscogee Stories with Kate Taluga

3 :00 p.m.     Cherokee Social Dancing with One Cherokee Dancers

3:45 p.m.       Muscogee Stomp Dancing with Hvsosv Tallvhassee Dancers

4:30 p.m.      Choctaw Storytelling – Juanita Gardinski & the Ala Hinte Kids (Friday & Saturday)

4:45 p.m.      Friendship Dance

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.

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