Smith brings awareness to Indian heritage

first_imgLatest Stories Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Fall Extravaganza held tonight The Colley Senior Complex doesn’t typically have a fall fundraiser, but this year, its doing one better — a Fall… read more By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “The gourd dance will be performed before the grand entry,” Smith said.“The gourd dance is the blessing of the circle. The grand entry features all of the dancers in their native costumes and veterans – all veterans – will follow the flags.”Smith said the flags include the American flag and the Eagle staff and the POW/MIA and the DAV flags.The festival will include individual non-competitive dancing, competitive dancing and stomp and pow-wow dancing.“Stomp dancing and pow-wow dancing are different in that stomp dancing is done with shakers and rattlers and pow-wow dancing is done with drums,” Smith said. “Flute music will be by Marcia Johnston and she is extremely talented. Everyone will enjoy her beautiful music.”All nine Alabama tribes will be included in the historical exhibits, which are all informative and educational.Admission to the American Indian History Month Festival is $10 for adults.Children five and under are admitted free. Skip Smith brings awareness to Indian heritage Sonya Smith was born into an Indian family.She is proud of her heritage, however, there was a time when many Native Americans tried to conceal their heritage but that is changing.“It was not until 1972 that Native Americans could own land,” said Smith, who is a graduate student at Troy University. There are nine tribes in Alabama – the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama, Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama, Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe, Star Clan of Muscogee Creeks, Cher-O-Creek Intra Tribal Indians, Mowa Band of Choctaw Indians, Piqua Shawnee Tribe and United Cherokee Ani-Yun Wiya Nation.“Nearly 44,000 people of Native American heritage live in Alabama,” Smith said.“So there is a lot of interest in the Native American culture from those of us those who share that heritage and those whose heritage is from other cultures.”The American Indian History Month Festival will feature the grand entry, flute music, dancing, historical tribal exhibits and storytelling. Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 21, 2009 Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “The land that my family owns was acquired as sharecroppers. But I’m extremely proud of my Native American heritage and do all that I can to raise public awareness about our culture and our traditions.”Smith is the event organizer for the American Indian History Month Festival, which is from 4:30 until 10 p.m. tonight at the Dothan Civic Center.This is the second annual festival and is sponsored by the Center for Community Advancement in Dothan. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Articlelast_img

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