Georgia’s Largest Native American Celebration Continues to Grow

MACON, Ga., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ — The Ocmulgee National Monument’s 14th Annual Indian Celebration is poised to be the largest ever, with anticipated crowds of 30,000 for the weekend of September 17th and 18th, 2005. Over 280 Native people are expected to attend, representing numerous tribes.

This year will feature the Salina family, brightly adorned Aztec Dancers from Mexico. Their traditional dances have been passed down from family to family. For the past 18 years, the Salina family has shared the richness of their Aztec culture to thousands of people around the world.

The scent of smoke, sound of song and the swirling blur of colorful dancers greet you as you arrive at the 14th Annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration at the legendary Ocmulgee National Monument Indian mounds. Creeks, Choctaws, Cherokees, Chickasaws and Seminoles adorned in brightly colored regalia will demonstrate ancient ceremonial dances performed on these sacred grounds in ancient times. Authentic Indian crafts, fine art, flute music, storytellers, historic demonstrations, and encampments are featured. Sample authentic Buffalo burgers, roasted corn and Indian tacos and celebrate and relive the fascinating history of a people who proudly preserve a culture far older than the new nation that surrounds them. Visitors can stroll through 9 encampments, 15 demonstrations and over 45 vendors.

The event is 10 am – 6 pm, and tickets are $5 for ages 13 and over and free for ages 12 and under. Active military with I.D. receives admittance for $2.

For more information on this Top 20 Event in the Southeast – Visit www.nps.gov/ocmu or call (478) 752-8257 Ext. 0.

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