If you want to find out what an atlatl is, then come to the 30th annual Moundville Native American Festival this week!
On October 3-6, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park will be celebrating Native American culture through performers, craft vendors, teachers, food and music. Learn more about specific activities below!
Festival Admission: $12 for Adults, $10 for Students and Seniors. Group rates are available with early registration! Pre-registered groups of 10 or more are $8 per person.
Native American Stage
The Native American Stage will feature storytellers, renowned dancers and musicians, such as GrayHawk Perkins. Both traditional and contemporary performances will be featured throughout the festival. Listen to ancient native stories and legends, the haunting harmony of flutes and the heartbeat of native music in drums and rattles.
With authentic sights, sounds and smells, the Living History Camp brings the past to life. Reenactors will be dressed in period clothing, with items teaching about the importance of the fur trade in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Listen to the stories about their lives during this time, while learning about their culture.
There are many activities intended for kids of all ages, including experiences playing native games and making crafts. Kids will learn how to play stickball, throw an Indian football and try their hand at Indian Twister. Other activities include making shell bead necklaces and dressing up like Southeastern Indians.
Arts and Crafts
There are two ways to participate with the arts and crafts at the Moundville Native American Festival! Learn about native skills, such as pottery being pit fired, making rivercane baskets and carving wooden longbows, in the Arts and Crafts Arbor. At Knapper’s Corner, visitors will be able to watch toolmakers from around the country reproduce ancient work, including “flintknapping.” Purchase authentic art prints, musical instruments, toys, books, jewelry and other souvenirs in the Trader’s Circle or the Arts Market
Take a tour of the Jones Archaeological Museum! Here you will find state-of-the-art exhibits that tell a story about the nobility who once lived in Moundville. There are stunning artifacts, recreated scenery and a special effects theatre to help teach about Native American culture.
School, church, scout, and other groups can be booked by emailing Lisa Rasco at firstname.lastname@example.org.