Whispers From the Past
A Native American Experience
Our 2015 Event Was Held On Sunday, October 11
Take a look at this great video recap of our 2015 event courtesy of the Hoover Sun.
Bringing in more than 1500 people annually, this community-based project partners Aldridge Gardens with scholars in anthropology, archaeology, history, horticulture, and ethnobotany, as well as leaders and representatives of the local Native American community. The purpose is to provide an accurate portrayal of the past and present of Alabama’s various tribes through engaging introductions to the traditions, art, cultural practices, and folkways of Southeastern Native Americans.
2015 Demonstrations: Music, dancing, hunting, fishing, bead weaving on looms, planting, corn grinding, basketry, drum making, and clay pot fabrication and decoration
2015 Authentic vendors: Food vendors sell general and Native American concessions (fry bread, roasted corn, and Native American tacos), and other vendors and artisans have pottery, shell carvings, gourd art, handmade flutes, woodburnings, jewelry, paintings, Southeastern tribal art, T-shirts and more.
2015 Hands-on activities: Children were able to create pottery and gourd crafts, Cherokee leaf pounding, corn grinding, and bead weaving on looms. They were also able to play authentic Native American games and observe Native American dances.
Whispers activities are aligned with standards from the Alabama Course of Study. Children will demonstrate knowledge of prehistoric and historic American Indian cultures by participating in activities of early Native Americans.
2015 Admission at the gate
$10 for visitors 18 and older
$5 children 2 and older, and all crafts are included (while supplies last)
Children younger than 2 are free
Offsite parking was available at the Bed Bath & Beyond parking lot on Lorna Road. Hoover trolleys picked up next to Lorna Road and took visitors to the Gardens.
Our 2015 event was sponsored by:
Cawaco Resource, Conservation & Development Council
Alabama Tourism Department