East Tennessee State University hosts Native American Festival Thursday and Friday

Brandon Paykamian • Updated Sep 20, 2017 at 10:05 PM

East Tennessee State University will be holding its fourth annual Native American Festival on Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the campus Amphitheatre. 

According to a recent press release, this two-day festival will celebrate Native American heritage through music, art and historical legends. Laura Terry, director of Multicultural Affairs, said there will be a particular emphasis on Cherokee culture. 

“Knowing that we have this heritage here and knowing so many students from the Cherokee area, we try to showcase and unite the different cultures on campus,” Terry said. “We try to teach them about each other and how we need to get along and embrace each of our unique cultures.” 

“Cherokee culture (in particular) was a big part of this area and this community.” 

This year’s event will include hoop dancing, traditional flute music, storytelling, arrowhead-making and various forms of Cherokee dance performances. Several dances will be performed by the AniKituhwa Warriors, cultural ambassadors from the Tribal Council of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. There will also be demonstrations of such skills as stick ball, fire by friction, and shell, stone and wood carving. 

In conjunction with the festival, Slocumb Galleries is hosting an art exhibit by John Feodorov titled “Absurdity of Truth,” which will run until Oct. 14. According to a recent press release, Feodorov, a visual artist with Navajo lineage, explores environmental issues in much of his work, which ranges from prints, fiber, sculptural installation and video.

On the first day of the festival, he will be holding a reception from 5-7 p.m. Following the reception, he will be also holding a seminar at 6 p.m. in Ball Hall. 

For more information on the Native American Festival, contact Laura Terry at 423-439-5377. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.  

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