Whispers From the Past

A Native American Experience

Sunday, October 4, 2015

11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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.

Demonstrations: Music, dancing, hunting, fishing, beading, planting, corn grinding, basketry, drum making and clay pot fabrication and decoration

Hands-on activities: Children will be able to recreate pottery, gourd crafts, Cherokee leaf pounding, corn grinding, and bead weaving. They will also able to play authentic Native American games and observe Native American dances.

Authentic vendors: Food vendors will sell general and Native American concessions, and other vendors and artisans will have baskets,pottery, shell carvings, gourd art, handmade flutes, woodburnings, jewelry, paintings, Southeastern tribal art T-shirts and more.

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.

Hoover City Schools will give teachers professional development credit for attending Whispers from the Past.