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15 Stunning Images from the 27th Native American Festival at Moundville Archeological Park

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Photographer Amy Morris attended the 27th Native American Festival at Moundville Archeological Park, from Oct 7th-10th. Here are 15 amazing images from the festivities. From the Moundville Archeological Park website:

Moundville Native American Festival October 7-10, 2015: Click here for the Native American Stage Schedule: 2015 Performance Schedule Ancient rulers and thousands of their subjects thrived in a city behind huge wooden walls that once surrounded the Moundville site. Their society recognized nobles by birth and praised the feats of great artists, warriors and holy people.

Each October, descendants of this vibrant culture return, celebrating the South’s rich Indian heritage at the award winning Moundville Native American Festival. Located at The University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers entertain and educate visitors of all ages about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique.

From Livingston, TX, member of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas, Champion Hoop Dancer Lyndon Alec performs. Amy Morris/

An area of Moundville Archaeological park featuring village huts, each containing a museum style display of daily activities that would have been occurring at the site. Amy Morris/

Chris Tame Adams and 3 year-old son Cameron, Poarch Creek tribal members demonstrate bow and arrow skills in the Knappers Corner of the festival. Amy Morris/

At the living history camp, Nina Spears of the Muskogee Nation of Florida, demonstrates how to make corn husk dolls. Amy Morris/

Nina Spears showing the details of her hand made dolls including using human hair. She has been creating corn husk dolls for the past 2 years. Amy Morris/

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Robert Thrower, PBCI, at the Muscogee Lifeways Garden. A new feature to the park, the garden contains plants native to the SE region of the US. Some of these plants are very rare, like the Cherokee squash, and were created from a seed bank. Amy Morris/

Robert Thrower showing the berries of the poke weed which were used to create a long lasting dye. Amy Morris/

This 12 inch sandstone disk, The Moundville Rattlesnake Disk, shows entwined snakes around the hand & eye symbol. The symbolism is thought to be representative of the constellation Orion. Amy Morris/

The Duck Bowl, is a premier stone sculpture on display at the Jones Archaeological Museum at Moundville Park. It is one of the most intact pre-historic artifacts that dates to about 1,000 years old. Amy Morris/

The Jones Archaeological Museum is decorated from ceiling to floor with stunning art work that reflects the culture of the Moundville inhabitants. This Thunderer, a powerful storm spirit appears to come out of the sky to watch over the "Wedding Procession" display. According to Kelli Harris, University of Alabama Museums, "These figures were added in to the museum design at the suggestion of some of our Native American advisers who said that these Thunderers would have been there (at the wedding)". William Bomar, Moundville Archaeological Park Director, adds that there was a "prevalence of raptor creatures in Moundville art. They are associated with the cardinal directions, N,S,E, W."Amy Morris/

Internationally accomplished artist, Dan Townsend showing a few samples of intricately carved shells. His work has was invited and displayed at the grand opening of the National Museum of the American Indian Smithsonian. Amy Morris/

Mystic Wind Choctaw Dancers demonstrate a social dance for the audiences at the 2015 Moundville Native American Festival. Amy Morris/

20 year old Demetrius Williams closes out the days performances with a fancy dance at the foot of the mounds. Amy Morris/

Choctaw Fancy Dancer, Demetrius Williams, Mississippi Band Choctaw Indians. Amy Morris/