North Carolina has the largest American Indian population in the eastern half of the United States. This weekend, the N.C. Museum of History is offering an opportunity for families to learn about and celebrate that rich part of our state’s culture.
From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, there will be special performances and displays inside and outside the downtown Raleigh museum.
To start the day, there will be outdoor musical performances by inter-tribal drum groups and by Miss North Carolina, Johna Edmons, who is a member of the Lumbee tribe from eastern North Carolina. At noon, there will be a ceremonial Grand Entry with dance demonstrations and a roll call of the eight state-recognized tribes the call North Carolina home.
Shortly after the Grand Entry, you can watch the well-known Warriors of AniKituhwa of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians perform a Cherokee War dance and the Eagle Tail dance.
Inside the museum, American Indian craftspeople will display handmade weapons, jewelry, pottery, beadwork, baskets, and hunting and fishing tools. Kids can try their hand at shooting a blowgun or making seed jewelry.
You can also see demonstrations of hide-tanning or the building of a traditional dugout canoe. For lunch, try buffalo burgers, fry bread, sweet potato tarts or Indian tacos.
The day will also include lots of more adult-friendly activities, including talks by historians and archaeologists, cooking lessons from a Native American chef and the airing of a new documentary about the Lumbee tribe.
For more information, go to ncdcr.gov/ncmoh.
If your children take music lessons and could use a little inspiration, the Triangle Youth Philharmonic will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.
This group of advanced musicians, who range from fourth to twelfth graders, will celebrate North Carolina with their music.
They will play pieces called “North State” and “City of Oaks.” They will also debut a new piece written by the well-known N.C. composer Terry Mizesko. Called “Tuscarora,” it is the musical tale of an eastern North Carolina Indian tribe.
Tickets are $5 for children and seniors and $10 for adults. For more information, go to philharmonic-association.org.
At Marbles Kids Museum this weekend, a new permanent exhibit, News Around Town, will be unveiled. The exhibit will include a play helicopter and opportunities for kids to create their own pretend news stories for TV.
On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., kids can report live on closed-circuit camera, meet reporters from ABC11 and take tours of the station’s Storm Chaser vehicle, which will be parked outside the museum.
Go to marbleskidsmuseum.org to find out more.
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