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Stately Oaks celebrates Native American Heritage

This weekend, Stately Oaks Plantation will host its 27th annual Native American Heritage Celebration. The festivities will take place on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m, to 5 p.m., on the Stately Oaks property, located at 100 Carriage Lane in Jonesboro.

During the festive gathering, representatives of the Creek, Cherokee, Apache, Arapaho, and Lakota Indian tribes will share their food, music, history, stories, and culture with the public.

Visitors will be able to try fry bread, buffalo burgers, venison stew, sweet potato fries, and other freshly prepared Native American dishes, as well sample a 200-year-old sassafras tea recipe. Artisans and experts will demonstrate Native American skills, such as using deer antlers to fashion arrowheads, basket weaving, rope making, shooting with a blow gun, and creating fire using 18th-century methods.

On Saturday at 3 p.m., the celebration will feature an authentic Chiricahua Apache marriage vow renewal ceremony. At that time, two couples, dressed in full Native American regalia, will renew their wedding vows as their ancestors did hundreds of years ago.

Admission to the event is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children. For more information, call (770) 473-0197.

- Joel Hall