Area Festivals Expected to Draw Big Crowds `Heritage' at Cahokia Mounds

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Representatives of nearly 40 American Indian nations will gather at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site Sept. 23-25 for Heritage America, the St. Louis area's largest such gathering.

Heritage America has won national fame for its American Indian dance performances. This year, dances will be presented in a new, larger dance circle in the Falcon picnic area.

Inter-tribal dancing and music will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23, followed at 8 p.m. by special performances of the Northern Shawl, Grass, Creek Duck, Drum, Stomp and Bell dances.

The festival's grand opening ceremony and procession of dancers will start at 1 p.m. Sept. 24, at the dance circle. It will be followed by Gourd and Buffalo dances.

Inter-tribal dancing will be featured from 2 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Children's dances - including the Rabbit, Grass, Northern Shawl, Creek Duck, Drum, Stomp and Bell dances - start at 8 p.m. Sept. 24.

The Gourd and Buffalo dances start at 1 p.m. Sept. 25, and inter-tribal dancing and music continue from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

The festival makes history come alive trough traditional crafts, music, games and cooking.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 and 25, the Central Plaza will teem with demonstrations performed by various culture groups and individuals.

Representatives of the Choctaw and Creek tribes from the Southeast, for example, will demonstrate blow-guns, bows and arrows, basketry, sewing, bead-work, cooking and stickball. …


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