NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE DAY

Source: Vermillionville.org

Native American Culture Day Saturday September 26th FREE

The community is invited to join the Bayou Vermilion District’s Vermilionville as they celebrate their annual Native American Culture Day on Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at their historic village. Representatives from many of Louisiana’s Native American tribes will be on hand throughout the village to celebrate their living cultures through craft demonstrations, food, music, dance and cultural exchange.

This year’s Native American Culture Day will focus on “Fraternal Folklore” and the activities planned for the day will include artifact exhibits, pottery, beading, basket weaving, palmetto weaving, garfish jewelry, dream catchers, film showings, boat tours, canoeing, artifact exhibits, tomahawk throwing, drumming, dancing and more. Activities for children will include face painting, crafts, games, etc.

Native American Culture Day is supported by an External Agencies Funding Program grant, sponsored by Lafayette Consolidated Government and administered by the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Additional support comes from Community Coffee, Party Central and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
Native American Tribe demonstrations and presentations : Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe of Louisiana, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache, Atakapas-Ishak Nation, United Houma Nation, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians, Point-Au-Chien Indian Tribe, Avogel Tribe of Louisiana, Louisiana Attakapas Eagle Tribe (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Exhibit: Louisiana’s Indigenous Peoples (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Guided Tours: The Healer’s Garden at La Maison Acadienne (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
Drumming: Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Indians

10:30 a.m.
Boat Tour

11:00 a.m.
Dancing: Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe of Louisiana
Crafts: Talking Sticks, Bead pins (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Canoeing (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Film Showing: “Can’t Stop the Water” (periodically from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), Discussion with Kathleen Ledet and Chief Albert Naquin (1:30-3:30 p.m.)

11:30 a.m.
Boat Tour

12:00 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration: Fry Bread with the United Houma Nation
Drumming: Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache

1:00 p.m.
Dancing: Louisiana Attakapas Eagle Tribe
Dance Lessons: Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe of Louisiana
Discussion : Hilliard Art Museum – “Native American Identity as it was Influenced by Romanced Notions of Westward Expansion.

1:30 p.m.
Boat Tour

2:00 p.m.
Cooking Demonstration: Fry Bread with the United Houma Nation
Sharing Circle: Fraternity in Folklore, Dr. Ray Brassieur –moderator

2:30 p.m.
Boat Tour

3:00 p.m.
Dancing: Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache
Drumming: Attakapa Opelousas Prairie Tribe of Louisiana