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November 18, 2011

Learn about Native American traditions at museum

TERRE HAUTE — On Saturday, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will be filled with Native American artifacts, storytelling and dancing as the Sullivan County American Indian Council Inc. presents an educational, interactive show honoring the native people’s children, past and present, of the Wabash Valley.

Members of the Sullivan County American Indian Council will be at the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to display artifacts, share information and answer questions about Native American traditions and values.

Additional special presentations will take place throughout the day.

At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., SCAIC’s respected Elder, Cookie Barnard of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians in Wisconsin, will share her stories and traditional way of life to inspire the children to be proud of their heritage and the Woodland Indians of this area. And, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., head dancers, Mickey Antrim (Chickmauga/Cherokee) and Susie Hamilton (Cherokee), along with council members, will entertain and welcome museum visitors to a Round Dance. Children will get to listen to the drums and flutes and join in the dance.

SCAIC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the purpose to promote awareness of the Native American traditions and values in Sullivan County and surrounding areas. The main goal of their organization is to develop the “Wabashiki Siipiiwi Mounds Historical Park” in Fairbanks, the first Native American Indian Historical Park in the State of Indiana.

Over the past eight years, the Indian Council has been active in the tri-county area presenting cultural history through song, dance, and oral traditions along with the annual Pow Wow, named the “Celebration of the Future” conducted at Shakamak State Park.

The Sullivan County American Indian Council presentation at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, 727 Wabash Ave., is free for members of the museum and free with paid museum admission for non-members. Admission to the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is $7 for adults and children 2 and older.

Admission for children up to 24 months is free. 

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