Fairview Native Culture Day

Date(s) - 17/07/2021
9:30 am - 2:00 pm

Fairview-Riverside Park


A day of native cultural experiences await visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, July 17. The Native American Culture Day will begin at 9:30 a.m. as visitors can meet our naturalists and forage for edible and medicinal plants along the boardwalk trail.  We will discuss native uses of the plants and animals we encounter along this beautiful hike through a shady cypress tupelo swamp. The hike will start at the trailhead near the fish cleaning station.

At 11 a.m., visitors can participate in an atlatl (spear throwing) demonstration with Poverty Point World Heritage Site manager Mark Brink. Visitors will learn about this ancient hunting tool and get to try it themselves. Finally, at 1 p.m. there will be a pottery program with our Fontainebleau State Park interpretive ranger Stephanie Huber.  Kids will have their chance to create their own piece of Tchefuncte style pottery while learning about the some of the different methods used to make pottery in this area 2,500 years ago.

During each program, Ranger Grayhawk Perkins, a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw and the Houma Nation, will treat us to some traditional native storytelling. He is a well-versed storyteller who incorporates song and audience participation, so this event is not to be missed.

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