The festival will feature singers, dancers, musicians, food, crafts and living history campsites. Native American artisans will demonstrate wood carving, beading, flint knapping, tanning, pottery making, basketry, archery, leather work and herb craft.
“The festival is designed to honor Alabama’s Native American heritage and to recognize the Native American students, staff and faculty who are members of the university community,” said Shakeer Abdullah, director of the Auburn University Multicultural Center. “The event is designed to raise awareness among the university community of the contributions of Native Americans to the history of the United States and their impact on this country. The festival is typically hosted in November as part of National American Indian Heritage Month.”
The event will be held on the grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. The rain venue is the Ham Wilson Arena at 950 S. Donahue Drive. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Admission is free, but scholarship donations are appreciated.
Vendors at the festival will sell food and souvenir items. There will also be a color guard on hand to present the American flag, Alabama state flag and the POW flag.
In addition to traditional demonstrations, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the festival and will be invited to join in on some of the traditional Native American dances.
Friday is School Day. Students and teachers are especially invited to participate in the learning experience, which will also feature an educational presentation by the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center at 1 p.m. All local schools have been invited to participate, as Native American history is a part of the Alabama state curriculum. Students are encouraged to attend with their families since Nov. 11 is Veterans Day and no classes will be held.
The War Eagle Native American Festival began at Auburn in 2001. Auburn University hosts include the American Indian Association, Access and Community Initiatives and the Multicultural Center of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts.
For more information, call the Multicultural Center at (334) 844-2976 or contact Shakeer Abdullah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Written by Carol Nelson.)