2013 Pow Wow At Red Clay State Park Slated For Oct. 26-27

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Red Clay State Park will hosts its Annual Pow Wow Oct. 26-27, featuring traditional Native American dance, food and arts.

Sponsored by the Friends of Red Clay and the Native American Services of Tennessee, the event will include traditional dancers, storytelling, living history demonstrations and more. In addition to musicians and dancers, the festival will feature craftspeople selling their wares and handicrafts at various vendor booths.

The festival is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, with a $5 parking fee per vehicle or motorcycle. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. each day. Friday, Oct. 25, will be a School Day, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and designed for all students, teachers and school faculty members. There is a $3 fee per student and adults and teachers are free on School Day. Reservations for schools are recommended.

“Red Clay’s 2013 Pow Wow is a great opportunity to educate families and students about Native American history and the key role it played in shaping Tennessee,” Park Manager Erin Medley said. “The festival is a way to preserve this heritage for future generations, and we have a talented roster of artists, performers and craftspeople on hand for this year’s event.”

Native American arts and crafts will be demonstrated and sold throughout the event. Traditional and festival foods also will be available, along with some old favorites. Park visitors should bring a blanket or chairs, along with sunscreen and protective shades. Cash is accepted for purchases, with some booths accepting personal checks. For more information and specific event times and activities at Red Clay’s 2013 Pow Wow, contact the park office at 423 478-0339.

Red Clay State Historic Park is in the extreme southwest corner of Bradley County, just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line, and is the site of 11 of the last 12 Cherokee Council meetings before the infamous Trail of Tears. The park encompasses 263 acres of narrow valley and forested ridges and features picnic facilities, a loop trail and amphitheater. The park also contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that flows into Mill Creek. The Cherokee used the Blue Hole Spring as their water supply during council meetings. 


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