Oka Kapassa Return to the Coldwater festival is a special American Indian gathering held in Spring Park, in Tuscumbia, Alabama. It began yesterday, September 9, with a day that was set aside for school children to attend. As the celebration continues today, visitors can expect to enjoy a wide variety of things to do, see, taste and hear. These include story telling, stone carving, flute music, hoop dancing, fancy and traditional dancing, blowgun demonstrations, archery demonstrations, hair braiding, pottery, a Native American language table, flintnhapping (seriously, this list is long), jewelry and beadwork....you get the point. There's a lot going on. It's going to be a good time.
There's some seriously good American Indian artwork that will be available for purchase, like this pine needle basket made by Wanda Sylestine, Coushatta. There will also be work by incredible Indian shell carver Dan Townsend, who has served as an artist in residence at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Noel Grayson, Western Band of Cherokee Indians, is a recipient of the honor of National Treasure which is awarded by the Cherokee Nation, will be on hand to help demonstrate flintknapping.
Marilyn Huey, Cherokee, will be demonstrating traditional basketmaking.
At 1:00 pm the dancing begins, starting with the host tribe Chickasaw dance troupe, followed by hoop dancing by the Alabama-Coushatta dancers.
At 3:00 pm storytelling begins, followed by the Intertribal Friendship dance at 2:30, then the Chickasaw dance troupe comes out at 2:45.
For a full list of events, click here.
A day of art, music, dancing and eating finishes with a spectacular light show.
For more information on this incredible day, visit their website here.
Or contact the Colbert County Tourism office at (256) 383-0783, or toll free at (800) 344-0783, or visit their site: http://www.colbertcountytourism.org