Native American Culture Family Day Planned for Nov. 3

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 29. 2007 — In recognition of Native American Month in November, a Native American Culture Family Day is planned by the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, for Saturday, Nov. 3 at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Events are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum.  Youth activities will include dream catchers, sand art, dance arm bands and short stories.

Denise Dowling, interpreter and resource coordinator for Trail of Tears, will present “Trail of Tears Removal” at 1 p.m. Donna Rausch, an interpreter, and member of the Chickasaw Nation, will present “More Than a Few Glass Beads” at 2 p.m. Rausch’s presentation will focus on European glass beads and how they fit into the Native American world-view.  Cherokee cultural items and regalia will be displayed by Pitter Seabaugh. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day by the Venture Crew 4248 showing Native-American style beading, leather, and quillwork, along with Fred Bollinger showing flint knapping, which is stone chipping.  Food tasting will be available while supplies last.  

All activities are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Ellen Hahs, museum curator of education, at (573) 651-2301.