Auburn University to host War Eagle Native American Festival Oct. 31 and Nov. 1

AUBURN – The Auburn University Multicultural Center/Access and Community Initiatives, units of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will host the 2008 War Eagle Native American Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, on the grounds of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

The free, two-day event 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.

Faron Weeks of the Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama and a member of the White Horse Singers will emcee the event. The White Horse Singers will be the host drum for the festival.

The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University will conduct a presentation on Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

This is the fifth 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.

Inside the museum, festival visitors can learn more about Native American culture by viewing “The Indian Gallery of Henry Inman,” an exhibition featuring 19th-century Native American culture. Admission into the museum is free during the days of the festival.

The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is located at 901 College Street 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)