By LeeAnn Cain/ Staff Writer
Native American culture is coming to Cumberland Falls this weekend.
Friday through Sunday will see a variety of events celebrating Kentucky’s Native Americans with Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission’s Native American Weekend. The events begin at 7 p.m. Friday with a flute concert at the Blair Building next to DuPont Lodge and ends with a celebration of Native American spirituality at 9 a.m. Sunday, also in the Blair Building.
The weekend-long event will also include seminars on Native American history, a “buffalo buffet” featuring buffalo meat dishes and other native cuisine for $21.95 per person, Native American children’s games, Native American crafts such as bow-making, and Native American Storytelling on Saturday. Saturday events will run from 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
According to Steve Gilbert with Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Cumberland Falls was a sacred area to Kentucky’s Native Americans and the event is dedicated to their traditions and culture. Gilbert said the weekend is an opportunity to learn about the history of the area, and the presenters that are educating the public about Native American culture are either Native Americans from Kentucky tribes or academics in the field of Native American studies.
Cumberland Falls is located on HWY 90. For more information, call 528-4121. Registration for the weekend’s events is not required.
7 p.m. Flute Concert
9 a.m. Kentucky Native American History with Dr. Jack Blosser
10 a.m. Identifying Myths and Stereotypes with Tressa Brown
Noon-2 p.m. Bow-making, flint snapping and hide preparation
2 p.m. Native American Genealogy with Dr. Ken Tankersley
3-4:30 p.m. Native American children’s games
5-9 p.m. Buffalo Buffet
7 p.m. Native drums and dancing
8:45 p.m. Native American storytelling
9 a.m. Native American Spirituality