Annual War Eagle Native American Festival at Jule Collins Smith Museum Oct. 23

AUBURN – The 2009 War Eagle Native American Festival will take place on Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University.

The Auburn University Multicultural Center and Access and Community Initiatives, both of which are units of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will host the free public event.

The festival will celebrate the history and culture of southeastern indigenous peoples with traditional singers, musicians, dancers, storytellers and reenacters from Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Living campsites will be set up on the grounds and traditional Native American food, artifacts and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Jim Sawgrass, a native Floridian and Muskogee descendant, will emcee the event. His band, Ironhorse, will be the host drum for the festival. Sawgrass enjoys sharing his knowledge about the many Native American tribes of the southeastern United States and has done much to enlighten and inform other cultures about Native Americans.

This is the sixth year Auburn University has hosted the Native American Festival, an event that provides an educational opportunity for those interested in learning about Native American culture.

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is located at 901 S. College St. in Auburn. For more information about the museum, go to http://jcsm.auburn.edu/index.php or call (334) 844-1484.

Contact: Shakeer Abdullah (334) 844-2946 (saa0005@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)