Stop by the Main Library in Burlington (1786 Burlington Pike) on Saturday, November 5 from 1-3 p.m. to experience a Native American Heritage Month Celebration. This event returns due to popular demand and we’ve added even more demonstrations. You are invited to travel between stations located both inside and outside the Main Library. All ages are welcome.
Experience Native American singing, drumming, and dancing with the Southern Singers Drum Group in Meeting Rooms ABC. This group is led by drum keeper Mark Banks and was led by his father, Jesse, before him. Jesse’s messages of acceptance and compassion live on in his family through years of teaching about native culture and spirituality. The inter-tribal collection of singers, drummers, and dancers honors the memory and spirit of Jesse Banks.
In the Children’s Activity Room, BCPL staff will lead children in
creating pinch pots, a traditional Native American form of clay sculpting, and shake drums. Downstairs, Battaglia Deli and Café will offer a special menu with Native American dishes.
Under the dome, Native American ceremonial singer Brian Miller will sing, play the flute and share stories. Brian’s heritage is Quawpaw and Cherokee but he has been adopted into the Oglala Lakota nation. He is a sacred fire chief for his tribe and a traditional pow-wow dancer.
Explore a tipi exhibition, by the Traveling Tipi Village, on the library’s lawn and watch a flintknapping demonstration by the Anthropolgy Department of Northern Kentucky University. Flintknapping is the process of chipping away material from high silica stones to make tools with sharp points, such as arrowheads. The Anthropology Department will also demonstrate how to use an atlatl — a Native American hunting tool that uses leverage to achieve greater velocity in spear-throwing.