Thursday, May 1, 2014
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Kathy Hill demonstrates how to make Fry Bread on rocks over an open flame during the Native American Heritage Day at Stately Oaks Saturday. (Staff Photo: Heather Middleton)
JONESBORO — Stately Oaks went further back in time Saturday to celebrate Native American Heritage Day.
The festival featured several demonstrations including finger weaving, wood carving, beading, rock cooking and corn grinding.
Dennis Byrd, dressed as a Creek Indian, gave musket demonstrations and talked about the history of the Creek Indian tribe.
Clayton County’s earliest residents were Creek Indians whose tribes inhabited central Georgia before the mid-19th Century. The village at Stately Oaks was created in the early 1980s by Native American Heritage Day founder Ted Key as a way to teach school children about the Creek Indians and their traditions.
Though the village suffered some damaged from the icy winter weather, organizers were able to get nearly every repaired in time for the festival.
For more information about Stately Oaks, visit historicaljonesboro.org.