Bring the family to Aldridge Gardens in Hoover on October 2 to experience a day discovering the culture and contributions of Native Alabamians. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Whispers from the past – A Native American Experience, offers demonstrations, activities, and presentations authentic to American Indians of the Southeast. Demonstrations include authentic Pow Wow Dancing with Medicine Tail Dancers and Singers provided by the Poarch Creeks of Atmore, Ala., flintknapping / observing how real stone arrowheads were made, American Indians creating baskets from long-leaf pine needles and dolls from corn husks, and Porch Creek Indians playing Stick Ball (Modern Day Lacrosse). Hands on activities include fishing with cane poles and worms in the Aldridge Gardens Lake, beading on looms, creating a clay coil pot to take home, leaf pounding, corn grinding, artifact hunting and gourd crafting. Cherokee Indians will also be telling stories with rattles, flutes, and drums and visitors will be able to purchase unique items including projectile points and arrowheads, Choctaw foods and crafts, jewelry and beadwork, and woven baskets.
The event is endorsed by the Administration at the State Department of Education and local school districts. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for children age two and older and free for children under two. Off-site parking and shuttle are available at nearby Bed Bath & Beyond on Lorna Road. For more event details visit www.aldridgegardens.com or call 682-8019.