School Kids Get Preview on Ocmulgee Indian Festival | Education
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The annual Ocmulgee Indian Celebration taking place this weekend at the Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon kicked off a day early for area students.
"It's very important for them to come out here, talk with, and learn from, and observe these true native peoples," explains Ocmulgee National Monument superintendent Jim David.
More than 2,000 students gatherered for a field trip featuring ceremonial dances, educational demonstration, and a game of stickball. Native Americans from tribes including Cherokee, Comanche, and Creek, who were the orginial inhabitants of the Macon area before being forced to move to Oklahoma, are all gathering for the festival.
For kids, it was a chance to learn more about Native American culture and ask questions to tribal members. Some of the most common questions Native Americans say they hear are "Are you a real Indian?" and "Do you still live in teepees."
For the record, many tribes, including the Muscogee (Creek) did not live in teepees. The mounds at Ocmulgee orginially had long houses. Teepees were primarily used by Plains tribes.
The event will begin Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $2 for children 6-12, $5 for anyone 13 and older, and $2 for military who show I.D. You can find the full schedule here .