Native American Heritage gathering announced for May 12 and 13

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Native American Heritage gathering on the grounds of Academy Park in Lewisburg in May.

The Greenbrier Historical Society is proud to sponsor a unique, two day event Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13.

In cooperation with the New River Community and Technical School, the grounds of Academy Park in Lewisburg will come alive with Native American drumming, dancing, culture and history. The purpose of this inter-tribal gathering is to provide the Native American community with the space to come together to reaffirm tribal ties and customs while at the same time offer an interactive educational opportunity to schools and the community to experience Indian culture in action.

The public is welcome from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The traditional Circle will be the main focal point for activities and presentations. At 12 noon the Red River Drum, a living spirit, teaching and Pow-Wow drum, will open the Circle. Veterans will lead the Grand Entry into the Circle and present the colors. Traditional dancing will follow and continue throughout the day. Other activities around the campus will be Flying Higher Birds of Prey demonstration at 11 a.m., learning lodges and modules about Native American Culture and Heritage as well as historical exhibits and vendors. Visitors are encouraged to ask questions to better understand this important, living part of America’s story.

Dancers, join the Circle! $20 will be awarded to the first 15 dancers in full regalia. All traditional drums are welcome!

The educational and family oriented experience is free and open to the public. No alcohol or drugs. Greenbrier Historical Society welcomes vendors as well as the financial support of community sponsors for this event. For more information contact: director@greenbrierhistorical.org 304-645-3398 or tribelink@hotmail.com 304-536-3188.

The project is being presented with financial assistance from the WV Humanities council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the WV Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.