The day-long festival honors the state’s eight recognized native tribes–the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw Siouan–and treats visitors to traditional ceremonies, dance, music, storytelling, crafts, native language lessons, and panel discussions about a range of topics.
Native foodways will be represented with exhibits and a cooking demonstration by Lumbee writer Gloria Barton Gates, author of A Time to Dance: Recipes and Regalia and Scuffletown Cookbook: Lumbee Indian Recipes of Yesteryear. There will also be a demo on gardening practices and tools, a foodways display and corn grinding by members of the Occaneechi-Saponi tribe, and a hands-on opportunity to assemble a sassafras tea bag.
Indian foods, both traditional and modern , will be available to purchase on Bicentennial Plaza.
The event is free. For more information and a complete schedule, click here.