Whispers From the Past
A Native American Experience
SUNDAY, APRIL 6
$5 donation for visitors 18 and older
$3 passport is available for those school-age children wanting to participate in take-home crafts
This spring take a trip back in time to rediscover the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians at “Whispers From the Past – A Native American Experience."
Native American life will take shape through demonstrations of flintknapping, cooking and hunting weapons, and activities like leaf pounding, beading, corn grinding, gourd painting and pottery. Children can try their hands at games and activities.
Hear the sounds of drums and flutes and the highlight of the day - three dance performances by the Sylestine Legacy, a family of Alabama Coushatta Native Americans—including a black-light performance at sunset.
Vendors will sell fry bread, Indian tacos and roasted corn as well as coins, antler carving and knives, beaded jewelry, carved shell jewelry and items for children including flutes and beaded jewelry.
Off-site parking and continuous shuttles are available all day.
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.
This event is made possible in part by Energen. Thanks also to our corporate sponsors AT&T, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Alabama, Walter Energy and Protective Life.
Activities, Exhibits and Vendors
• Flute, drums and stories by Tony Nichols
• Pow Wow dance performances by The Sylestine Legacy, including a sunset black-light performance – a family of Alabama Coushatta Native Americans
• Cooking on open fire by Chip Wente
• Flintknapping – making projectile points
• Artifacts of Alabama Native Americans – a representative exhibit from the Moundville Archaeological Collection housed in Moundville, Alabama, which is a collection of stone tools, pottery, ornaments and arrowheads excavated from sites across many counties in the state
• Native American temporary tattoos
• puppet show of Native American story
• Atlatl – game
• loom beading
• grinding corn
• clay pots
• leaf pounding
• making coil pots
• gourd art
• fry bread, Indian tacos, roasted corn