Saturday, March 7, 2015

Festival of Words

 Today we went to the Festival of Words, which is put on every other year by our library system to honor a Native American author.  This year the award was given to Joseph Bruchac.  We just finished up one of his novels, Skeleton Man, this week.

 Before the award was given, Will Hill told some stories.

 If you ever get the chance to hear him, you should definitely go.  He is really entertaining!

 Then they presented the award.

 We got some books signed, too.  We actually already had some books signed by him that we got when we went to the Five Civilized Tribes Museum.

 The kids really liked the Indian Tacos when we went to the Native American Festival last fall, so we had them again.

 They had some different crafts the kids could do.

We also saw the Creek Fiddle Dancers, which were unlike any Indian dancers I've ever seen before.  If I understood the man right (it was kind of noisy), this type of dancing originated from contact the tribe had with Scottish immigrants in the 1700s.  It was commonly done until the 1980s, when it kind of died out, but they have been trying to revive it.

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