Wake Forest to host American Indian Winter Festival

By Pam Barrett
November 16, 2005

Wake Forest University will host its first American Indian Winter Festival and Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Benson University Center at Wake Forest. Admission is free and open to the public.

The festival, which is a collaborative effort between Wake Forest and members of the North Carolina American Indian community, is a cultural arts day designed to provide a glimpse into the activities of American Indian communities today. It will feature more than 15 American Indian artists and performers, children's activities, beadwork and pottery demonstrations, and arts and crafts vendors. Dance and drum performances will be held throughout the festival, including specialty and intertribal dances such as "Men's and Women's Traditional," "Men's Fancy," "Grass," "Jingle" and "Women's Shawl." Guest artists will include acclaimed potters and storytellers Senora Lynch (Haliwa-Saponi), Keith Brown (Catawba) and Barbara Locklear (Lumbee).

The winter festival is one of a series of events in support of American Indian leadership and education. "Leadership Connections across the Curriculum and the Community: Discovering American Indian Culture in North Carolina and Beyond" is a program designed to bring together scholars, students and community leaders for discussions, academic programs, art performances and fellowship to foster an accurate understanding of the culture and heritage of North Carolina's American Indian communities.

The first event in the series was a teacher's workshop held in November titled "Teaching Alternatives to Tipis and Head-Bands: An American Indian Perspective on Thanksgiving." A roundtable discussion on "Economic Self-Determination and Cultural Revitalization in American Indian Communities," will be held in the spring, and a Native Women's Summit will be held next fall.

The festival is sponsored by the Wake Forest humanities program, the Kauffman Initiative and the Fund for Leadership and Ethics.

For more information, call (336) 758-7169.