Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director
Department of Public Relations
The Intercultural Center for PEACE at the University of North Florida is hosting a Native American Celebration 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Coxwell Amphitheater, adjacent to the Student Union, Building 58, on campus.
The event will feature a variety of crafts, storytellers, flute players, living history demonstrations and dancers in regalia, as well as a tribute to military veterans and their families. A representative from the Timucuan Trails Parks Foundation will share about the history of Native Americans in Northeast Florida before the Europeans.
Dancing wouldn’t take place without the music of the drum, which is known as the “Heartbeat of Mother Earth.” This year’s event will feature The Family Drum Singers, a Southern-style drum group from Palatka, who travel throughout the Southeast sharing their songs and prayers.
Chris “Bear” Colombel of Choctaw, Cherokee and Blackfoot ancestry will lead the men dancers. He will be joined by Bobbi Blair, a fancy shawl dancer of Northeast Woodlands ancestry, who will lead the women dancers. She will be dancing in women’s traditional buckskin regalia and has been participating in powwows since she was 2 years old.
Laurent Night, or Night Spirit, will lead a presentation in identifying constellations, along with Native American storytelling, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium, Building 58W, Room 2704. Night spent 17 years teaching astronomy as the director/producer of the Seminole State College Planetarium in Sanford and the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College in Gainesville.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Intercultural Center for PEACE at (904) 620-2475.
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