Auburn University to hold War Eagle Native American Festival

By Carol Nelson and Kevin Fichtner, Office of Communications and Marketing

 

 

Auburn University will hold a celebration of American Indian culture and history at the War Eagle Native American Festival on Friday, Nov. 11, and Saturday, Nov. 12.

The festival will feature traditional 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 that 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 at 901 S. College St. 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 invited to participate in the 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 Veteran's Day and no classes will be held.

The War Eagle Native American Festival was started 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 saa0005@auburn.edu.

Last Updated: Nov. 9, 2011

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