Native gathering in Floridatown

Published on November 15, 2013 with No Comments

In the past Native Americans like the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe would hide in the woods and not admit their heritage.

Why?

President Andrew Jackson and his policy towards the removal of lands east of the Mississippi River.

Jackson worked diligently on removing the five civilized tribes – Cherokee,. Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, and Seminole – and of those who did not leave or were not forced out hid from their heritage for many years to come.

Later that all changed and opportunities like Nov. 23 and 24 in Floridatown are prime examples of how you can learn about Native American’s and their heritage.

The Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe 23rd Annual Pow Wow will be held at the historic Floridatown Park in Pace.

The pow-wow will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both day and will feature a lot of history and arts.

Bill  “Walking Buffalo” Truax will serve as the Emcee/Announcer of the Santa Rosa County Creek Indian Tribe Pow Wow and will tell stories and facts about the Native American Culture.

Truax will also talk about some of the dances which will be led by the head male and female dancers – Rocky Weber and Carol Enfinger.

Providing the music for this year’s event will be The Drums of the Descendants.

Truax will also tell you stories related to the Native American dances, arts, crafts, and much more.

Besides Weber and Enfinger leading dances, the family of Bobby DuBose and “The Muscogee Creek-Cherokee Dancers will also be participating.

Some dances are tribal only dances, but if you want to try your hand at a Native American dance, you can join the circle when an open dance is called.

Besides dancing and music, there will be Native American arts and crafts, foods like Indian Corn and Fry Bread, as well as Native American story telling and heritage displays.

Admission to this event is free.

For more information contact Chief Thomas Nichols at 850-994-4882 or Vice Chief Lloyd Hinote at 850-516-6960.

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