Pow Wow at Red Clay to feature native dance, food and arts
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DANCE  — Among the activities at the 2009 Red Clay State Park Pow Wow was a dance.Banner photo, 2009 ARCHIVE
DANCE — Among the activities at the 2009 Red Clay State Park Pow Wow was a dance.Banner photo, 2009 ARCHIVE
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Red Clay State Park will host its Second Annual Pow Wow, Friday through Oct. 24, featuring traditional Native American dance, food and arts.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. each day and will run into the evening hours. The festival is open to the public.

While admission to the event is free, there is a $5 parking fee per vehicle or motorcycle on Saturday and Sunday.

Friday will be a School Day, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., and designed for all students, teachers and school faculty members. Reservations for schools are recommended.

“Red Clay’s 2010 Pow Wow is an incredible opportunity to educate families and students about Native American history and the importance of preserving this heritage for future generations,” said Carol Crabtree, park manager.

“This year’s roster of artists and performers will share their wonderful talents and provide a unique and up-close experience for park visitors.”

Sponsored by the Friends of Red Clay and the Native American Services of Tennessee, the event will include traditional dancers, storytelling, living history demonstrations and more. In addition to musicians and dancers, the festival will feature craftspeople selling their wares and handicrafts at various vendor booths, along with a number of games and activities for the whole family.

Live performances will be held throughout the three-day event, with Jeff Whaley serving as the master of ceremonies and Josh Squirrel as the arena director. Grand entry performances are scheduled for Saturday, beginning at noon and 5 p.m., and again on Sunday at noon.

All warriors will serve as Honor Guard, and there will be a daily host drum, head man and head lady.

Native American arts and crafts will be demonstrated and sold both days. Traditional and festival foods also will be available, along with some old favorites. Park visitors should bring a blanket or chairs, along with sunscreen and protective shades. Cash is accepted for purchases, with some booths accepting personal checks.

For more information and specific event times and activities at Red Clay’s 2010 Pow Wow, please call the park office at 423-478-0339.

Red Clay State Historic Park is located in the extreme southwest corner of Bradley County, just above the Tennessee-Georgia state line, and is the site of 11 of the last 12 Cherokee Council meetings before the infamous Trail of Tears.

The park encompasses 263 acres of narrow valley and forested ridges and features picnic facilities, a loop trail and amphitheater. The park also contains a natural landmark, the Blue Hole Spring, which arises from beneath a limestone ledge to form a deep pool that flows into Mill Creek. The Cherokee used the Blue Hole Spring as their water supply during council meetings.

For more information about the park, visit www.tnstateparks.com /RedClay/.