Moundville Native American Festival Ancient rulers and thousands of their subjects thrived in a city behind huge wooden walls that once surrounded the Moundville site. Their society recognized nobles by birth and praised the feats of great artists, warriors and holy people. Each year, descendants of this vibrant culture return, celebrating the South’s rich Indian heritage at the Moundville Native American Festival. The award winning Moundville Native American Festival is always slated for Wednesday through Saturday during the first full week of October. Located at The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers entertain and educate visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique.
Portal to the Past Visit the newly renovated Jones Archaeological Museum! State-of-the-art exhibits tell a story of the nobility who once lived at Moundville. Stunning artifacts, recreated scenes and a special effects theatre are all part of the new displays. While you’re there, don’t forget to visit Knotted Bird Gifts and The Black Warrior Coffee Company.
Festival Admission: Adults: $10.00 Children: $8.00 Groups with Reservations: $8.00 per person. Teachers and bus drivers are admitted free with registered group.
Festival Hours: Wednesday and Thursday: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm Friday and Saturday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Directions: Moundville Archaeological Park is a division of University of Alabama Museums. The park is located 13 miles south of Exit 71A on I-20/59 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama off of State Highway 69.
For more information or to make group reservations, call Claudia Cummings at 205-371-8732 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website at moundville.ua.edu.
October 6 - 9, 2010
Art of the Craft
Rhythm of Life
Food for Thought
See pottery being pit fired or learn how Choctaws make rivercane baskets in the festival’s Arts and Crafts Arbors. See fire kindled by friction or talk with a world-class bowman as he carves a wooden longbow. Native Americans and other experts demonstrate these and many other arts, crafts and technologies during the entire festival.
The Native American Stage features renowned dancers, storytellers and musicians. Hear the heartbeat of native music as the drum pounds or the rattles shake. Find out why certain animals look or act the way they do. Listen to voices blended in haunting harmony or a flute sighing as it remembers the wind.
The festival’s Food Court, located next to the museum, features a cornucopia of Native American food as well as an abundance of traditional festival concessions. Try an Indian taco, shuck roasted corn or a smoked turkey leg. Additional food is available at the riverbank.
Hands-On Kids of all ages get firsthand experience in playing native games and making simple crafts in the Children’s Area. Play the ancient game of stickball, dress up like Southeastern Indians or throw an Indian football. Make a shell bead necklace or try your hand at Indian Twister. There’s fun for the whole family.
History Lives Through sights, sounds and smells, living history camps set up in various locations bring the past to life. Discover why the fur trade was so important, smell native foods cooking on an open fire or hear an elder describe his journeys through the wilderness. Enactors are dressed from different time periods, their authentic camps suggesting simpler times.
Trader’s Circle and Arts Market Authentic handicrafts, artifact reproductions, art prints musical instruments, toys, clothing, books, jewelry and a wide assortment of souvenirs are all for sale in the Trader’s Circle or Arts Market. Some of the country’s finest artists and craftspeople are featured exhibitors. Don’t forget to check out Knotted Bird Gifts in the newly renovated Jones Archaeological Museum. There’s a gift for every pocketbook!
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